A job interview can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences we put ourselves through.
Whatever the feeling of butterflies or nervousness, being as prepared as possible is a positive step to feeling that you are in control.
Here are some top tips for overcoming the interview nerves:
- Even before you apply for that all-important job, make sure that your CV is up to date and someone trustworthy has checked it for you.
- Don’t make it too long, but add in some personal detail about any voluntary or charitable work you do.
- Find out as much about the job and the company beforehand, take a look at the company’s website and tailor your own story and skills to fit in with the job they are advertising.
- Try and overcome your anxiety by practising your ‘pitch’ – saying it out loud or in front of friends or even recording yourself and playing it back.
- Make sure you have interview clothes in your wardrobe.
- Check the location and the route, and above all – don’t be late!
- Think about your body language, don’t fidget and ensure you shake hands with the interviewer/s before you are asked to sit down.
- Arm yourself with some written questions of your own, as this will put you in the driving seat for a while and show you have thought hard about the role.
- Speak clearly and don’t be tempted to try any fill silences.
- At the end of the interview, thank your interviewers and shake hands.
- Ask when and how you will be notified of the result.
For further guidance, find out more about employability training at City College Peterborough.