I’ve had my fair share of interviews since finishing university. I’ve had your bog-standard one-to-one interview, I’ve been to assessment days, been faced with a panel and had to do a presentation. There’s no denying it, interviews are scary. Being nervous for interviews is only natural and I like to see it as a sign to show you care. I’ll always be anxious around interviews, but I’ve found a few ways to help keep those nerves at bay.
Prep, prep, prep
It’s so key to prepare for interviews. I like to treat it as a bit of revision. Spend the week before reading up about the company and preparing any possible questions for answers they may ask. Most interviews will have similar questions and eventually, the answers you provide will become a bit of a script. Make sure you always have some questions to hand too – it shows your interest in the role! If you’re not sure what to say, ask about how social the team is, or how the interviewer finds their role or working for the company.
Visit the place beforehand
Every time I have an interview somewhere new, I’ll do a rekkie and visit the place beforehand. Not knowing where I’m going can add to the stress on the day so I’d much prefer to drive over to the building I’m expected to go to and work out the parking and travel arrangements to give me one less thing to worry about on
the day. It can seem like a hassle, but it’s something that works for me and is worth it when it comes to the day!
See it all as experience
It’s inevitable at some point there will be some failures. My way of dealing with this is seeing it all as experience. I know eventually what will be will be, and I’ll end up exactly where I was meant to be all along. If that means going to a few interviews and not getting the job, at least that’s experience that I can learn from and take with me to my next interview! See it almost as some extra practice for scoring the perfect role!
How do you deal with interviews? Any top tips I’ve missed out on?