Remember that everyone is nervous when they go for job interviews – it’s natural and interviewers will expect this, it shows that you care and that the job is important to you.
If you follow the tips below they will help to minimise your nerves.
Do your research
Before the interview make sure you do as much research as possible about the company. This will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge of the company and your interest in working for them, and to work out some relevant questions to ask the interviewers when given the opportunity during the interview. The more preparation you do, the less nervous you will be!!!
Be on time
Make sure you arrive in good time for the interview. If you haven’t visited the company before and aren’t sure where it is, go to their location the day or weekend before the interview so that you can work out where it is and exactly how long it will take to get there.
Unless instructed otherwise, always wear smart business dress for an interview.
Understand the role
Make sure you understand the job role and its requirements as this may help you to work out the questions you will be asked during the interview.
For example, if one of the key skills required for the role is excellent customer service skills, you are very likely to be asked to talk about a time when you have demonstrated excellent customer service, or you might be asked what you think excellent customer service looks like.
Prepare your questions
Interviews are a two way process as they also give you the opportunity to find out more about the company and the job role, and to decide if you want to the job!
Make sure you have some questions planned out before the interview, write them down and take them into the interview for them. This also demonstrates that you have prepared for the interview.
Smile as soon as you walk in the door
Remember that most companies are more likely to recruit someone that will fit within the company, the team and the role. It’s not all about their experience.
So make sure that you are polite and friendly to every employee that you meet when you go for your interview, starting with the receptionist!
Make eye contact and smile!