You’ve just got accepted for an interview for your next big career move – a goal you have been working towards for a long time. You have all the experience required and you know that you will fit in, but there is one obstacle – your interview nerves are setting in.
If not dealt with effectively, interview nerves can leave you lacking confidence and feeling very nervous. Like most fears, interview nerves are generally irrational and at best, misplaced concerns. Here are a few tips on how you should follow to make those nerves disappear.
- It’s not all about you
As the interviewee, the focus is on you and it is absolutely your chance to shine. But remember, the interview panel is under pressure too. The company will be investing a lot of money and resources to recruit for the particular position. If they recruit the wrong candidate, it will not reflect well on the interviewers.
- Know your motives and your strengths
Take the time to understand what you offer. What skills set, experience and knowledge do you have that are huge assets to this role? Understand clearly why you’re the best candidate. What strengths do you have that would complement the company and role well? Once you are clear on what you have to offer you can walk into the interview confidently.
- Believe in yourself
If you have researched your prospective employees and know the skills set you have matches the job requirements, and you are driven and motivated, then you are good to go. You are well prepared, you know you can do this role well.
- Reframe the situation
If you feel that you are not going to be comfortable with the interview, take a step back and think about what you excel in. This will help you interact better with the interviewers.
- It’s not a pass or fail situation
Whilst the aim of the interview is ultimately to get the job you applied for, it is not a pass or fail situation. Recruitment processes can be quite subjective and you do not know who you are up against. You do not know what personal expectations beyond the criteria of the role the interviewers have and you do not know what situations they are facing that could affect their decision. With these factors being out of your control just do your best. Hopefully you will get the offer, but if you don’t you never know where that interview might take you. They might even offer you a different role or it could ultimately end up being great preparation for another interview in a better role.
Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself by comparing yourself to other candidates – whether you know them or not. Keep focused on yourself and what you have to offer. When you find interview nerves taking over, steer away from that and get back to reality. You have a lot of great insights to share which the interview panel are keen to hear.