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.