The good news is: you’ve landed an interview for your absolute dream job; the one you have been praying for every night since you pulled into adulthood; the one you can already imagine yourself working at.
The bad news is: your nerves haven’t stopped jangling since you got the interview letter through the door. You haven’t slept in four nights, your mind has been whirring like an out of control Catherine Wheel and you’ve been sweating from places you never knew you had sweat glands.
This is a problem because the sound of jingle-jangling nerves may be the one thing that stops you from landing the job. Luckily for you, we’ve pulled together a few tips on how to overcome pre-interview stresses and reel in that dream of yours.
- Saying The Wrong Thing
The biggest interview worry is you saying the wrong thing. That’s the one things that plays on people’s minds more than anything. Thankfully, the solution to this worry is simple. All you need to do is know who you are. Your potential employer has already seen your resume and the fact they’ve called you in for an interview means you have the desired skills. Now all you need to do is go into the room confidently knowing you. Know what you have done and what you have accomplished. If you don’t know you, you’re not going to do well in the interview.
- First Impression Worries
Everyone has heard about the importance of making a good first impression with some “researchers” claiming it only takes about 8 seconds for judgment to be made. That’s why you’ve been trying to choose your interview outfit since you received your letter. But good impressions go way beyond appearance. It’s about arriving early, looking fresh, being serious about the position, being well-mannered and polite to the interviewer and just being in the right state of mind. Yes, the right outfit will say a lot, but it doesn’t say everything. Know this and you will be able to better prepare.
- Not Sure What They Want
The uncertainty about what a hiring manager is looking for is one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the whole process. But all it takes is a little bit of ingenuity to get around this. First off, read some blogs about what sort of research a hiring manager might make. If it’s your social media presence you’re worried about, clean it up and make it private. If it’s a mishap you had when you were young and foolish, visit www.DuffyLawCT.com/state-crimes/expungement/ to learn about expungement. Another great piece of advice is to speak to the most successful person you know – preferably a manager or owner – and ask them for what they look for in candidates. Whatever they say, articulate these in your interview.
- Making Yourself More Employable
Everyone stepping into an interview is concerned about selling themselves. It’s natural. The best thing you can do is focus on the tangible successes you’ve had; none of this generic “I’m a hard worker that will do well in your business” stuff. The reason for this is simple: a hiring manager wants to see is how you have managed to impact results in the past. That’s all they want to know. So sit down with yourself and work out just how you’ve done this.