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Coping With Pre Interview Nerves

April 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 174

Job interviews are tough, we all know that. Whether it's to make ends meet with thankless, unenviable tasks or the position you have been competing for since you could remember, there is something about the job interview that strikes an anxious and uneasy chord with us all. This fear only increases with the importance of the job, or new career, that's on offer, and it's always worth taking a few preparatory measures to make sure you maximize your chances of being selected for the post.

The first thing that unsettles most applicants for a job is the quality of the people they are up against. It's important to remember that the only interview you have any control over is your own, it's actually quite rare that you will ever meet the other people trying for the job unless you're hired with them (but also be prepared for "group" style interviews. They do happen!). In this sense it's pointless to think about what other people are saying when being interviewed or whether the manager likes them enough to choose them over you. Treat the interview as exactly what it should be, a clean slate whereby the manager evaluates your skills and what you can bring to the organization. In return, you're looking at whether the values and culture of that business reflects your own values; something I spend time discussing with my career coaching clients.

Wear a suit. If you don't have one, buy one, if you truly have the desire to start working in a good, rewarding job then the cost will always pay for itself. There is a myth that one can pass it off with a 'smart-casual' look of a polo jumper and shirt or a nice blouse, but the truth is that first impressions are of paramount significance. Even if the interviewer will say they are looking for quality of person rather than dress sense, someone who has clearly made the effort to look the part will be considered in more esteem, even if it is on a subconscious level.

This is your first job out of college. The interviewer will be aware of that and will be interested to see how much commitment you're willing to lend, considering the few years you have just spent enjoying a more laid back lifestyle compared to what's ahead. A firm handshake, an assured greeting and stern, confident eye contact are prerequisites to making the perfect first impression. Show that you are listening and eager to learn. Prepare answers beforehand but only if it's something you're more comfortable with doing rather than answering off the bat. Both these methods are just as beneficial provided you suit yourself. Have a few questions lined up about how the company is run. Articulate what you can bring to the company, the interview is your only chance of doing so.

Most importantly of all, remember that it's an interview, not an interrogation (see it as a two way process - you're learning about them too). If your interviewer is harsh and not as friendly as you would have hoped, don't worry, that's just their way of seeing what you're made of. Show them your mettle without coming across as insubordinate. If you don't get the job, that's fine, you've gained invaluable experience to bring forward to your next interview. Use it. you can also request feedback from them, if you happen to be unlucky, but stay positive! Talk to me for further help and support.

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