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Do you get interview nerves

Do you get interview nerves
11 Sep, 2017

Do you get interview nerves

Well, you don’t need to anymore, we have a list of hints and tips on how to face these nerves and perform a good interview!

  1. Research the organisation.


This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates.

  • Seek background information.
  • Visit the organisation’s website to ensure that you understand the breadth of what they do.
  • Review the organisation’s background and mission statement.
  • Assess their products, services and client-base.
  • Read recent press releases for insight on projected growth and stability.
  • Get perspective.Review trade or business publications. Seek perspective and a glimpse into their industry standing.
  • Develop a question list.Prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research.
  1. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements.
  • Analyse the job description.Outline the knowledge, skills and abilities required.
  • Examine the hierarchy.Determine where the position fits within the organization.
  • Look side-by-side.Compare what the employer is seeking to your qualifications.
  1. Prepare responses.

Most interviews involve a combination of resume-based, behavioural and case questions. We encourage you to meet with us to practice telling your story in the best possible way.

  1. Plan what to wear.
  • Go neutral. Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-coloured suit and professional shoes, is best. If instructed to dress “business casual,” use good judgment.
  • Plug in that iron. Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free.
  • Dress to impress. Be sure that your overall appearance is neat and clean.
  1. Plan what to bring.
  • Extra copies of your resume on quality paper
  • A notepad or professional binder and pen
  • A list of references
  • Information you might need to complete an application
  • A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant
  1. Pay attention to non-verbal communication.
  • Be mindful. Nonverbal communication speaks volumes.
  • Start ahead. Remember that waiting room behaviours may be reported.
  • Project confidence. Smile, establish eye contact and use a firm handshake.
  • Posture counts. Sit up straight yet comfortably. Be aware of nervous gestures such as foot-tapping.
  • Be attentive.  Don’t stare, but maintain good eye contact, while addressing all aspects of an interviewer’s questions.
  • Respect their space. Do not place anything on their desk.
  • Manage reactions. Facial expressions provide clues to your feelings. Manage how you react, and project a positive image.
  1. Follow up.

Many interviews end with “Do you have any questions?”

  • Bring a list.You may say, “In preparing for today’s meeting, I took some time to jot down a few questions. Please allow me to review my notes.”
  • Be strategic.Cover information not discussed or clarify a previous topic — do not ask for information that can be found on the organisation’s website.
  • In your opinion, what makes this organisation a great place to work?
  • What do you consider the most important criteria for success in this job?
  • Tell me about the organisation’s culture.
  • How will my performance be evaluated?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement?
  • What are the next steps in the hiring process?


Good luck for all your upcoming interviews everybody!!

Still feeling a bit shaky for your interview? Ring us up for a prep interview on 01423 813554 TODAY!

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