Interviews can be a walk in the park for some people, and the sum of all fears for others. Wherever you are on the scale, you’re likely to experience some nerves in the lead-up to your interview, and this is completely normal. Interviews can throw you out of your comfort zone, and there’s a lot at stake – you really want that job right? The good news is there’s plenty of simple tips to grow your confidence and make sure you give your best on the day.
There are three main areas you can focus on to help banish your nerves:
The list is by no means exhaustive, but these priorities will help you prepare ahead of the interview, so you feel confident and at ease.
Next, it’s practice (makes perfect, right?). As part of your preparation ahead of the actual interview, you should practice how you’ll respond to tricky questions, the ways you can communicate your relevant skills and experience, and even your handshake.
It’s easy to overthink your body language, and you don’t want to come across unnatural or trying too hard – but it is a good idea to think about how you come across in an interview setting. Here’s some pointers:
The decision to start looking for a new job is exciting, and your new career might be just around the corner.