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How to stop interview nerves

Posted by Samantha Beck on 3/03/2020

For a lot of people, job interviews can be quite scary. It’s the final obstacle of your finding your dream job, but many of us panic or feel a great sense of anxiety when we walk into the meeting room and get hammered with questions like we’re getting interrogated by the police. So how do you avoid the unprepared answers and surprising questions? How do you show confidence and ace the interview?

 

Bring a CV with you

You may have already sent over your CV when you applied for the position. Bringing a hard copy of your CV reminds the interviewer why they liked you so much, you can go through each section of your CV with ease. If you bring two hard copies with you, the interviewer can have a copy as you go through your career history.

 

Dress to impress

No matter what role you’re applying for, it does not look good if you turn up in ripped jeans and trainers. Dress in business clothes, it shows that you’re serious about the job, gives the interviewer a positive impression of your character and shows you have a comprehension of workplace culture and could fit seamlessly into any working dynamic.

 

Ask yourself (and the interviewer) questions

It’s essential to come prepared with a list of questions for both yourself and your interviewer. Asking questions helps you get into a positive and almost superior mindset.

 

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your best skills?
  • What skills would you say you need to develop?
  • What do you value the most in a work ethic and work culture?

Here are some questions to ask your employer:

  • What’s it like working here?
  • Could you tell me about the working hours?

 

Attend an interview preparation session

Did you know we offer interview preparation sessions? If you’re still struggling to grasp the dos and don’ts of a job interview, we’d be more than happy to help coach you ready for anything the interviewer throws at you! 

 

For more information about our interview preparation and any services we offer, please give us a call on 0330 055 2229.