No matter how many job interviews you’ve been to, they’re always a nerve-wracking experience – especially if it’s for a role that you really want. Nerves are perfectly normal and companies know to expect them but here are some great tips to help you feel more confident and less anxious.
Try to connect with interviewers rather than impress them
Of course it’s important to let your potential employer know what you’re capable of and why you would make a great addition to the team but the fact that they have invited you in for an interview means that your CV has already impressed them.
Chances are that your skills and experience are fairly similar to the other candidates they’re interviewing so try to focus on building a rapport rather than trying to impress them. They want to know that you’ll fit in well with the team and be a good person to work with so make this come across and chances are you’ll be way ahead of the other candidates.
Remember to breathe
It sounds like the oldest and most obvious trick in the book but taking deep breaths when you’re nervous really does work. When we’re anxious, our blood flows away from our brains and our cognitive functions can suffer. This is why you may stutter, mix up your words or completely forget everything you had prepared to say. Slow, deep breathing will bring the oxygen back to your brain and help you think clearly.
Simply just imagining yourself being successful at your job interview can really help to boost confidence and self-esteem. Imagine walking into the room, shaking the interviewer’s hand and answering the questions with confidence. This will help to put you in the right frame of mind and you’ll feel great walking into the room.
Do a dress rehearsal
The more we do something, the less daunting it is and the easier it becomes. If it has been a while since you last had a job interview or you always feel nervous in situations like this, prepare for any questions you might get asked and rehearse the answers out loud. Just because something sounds great in your head it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll feel comfortable saying it out loud either. Saying things out loud also allows your brain to process the information which means that you’re far more likely to remember the answers to specific questions.
If you would like further job interview advice or need help finding your next role, please feel free to contact Choralis Consulting and a member of our team will be more than happy to help.