Are you nervous about an upcoming job interview? Read Didi’s tips for your next job interview on how to keep calm and master the interview without so much as a twitch!
Now that some of us have graduated or about to the leave schooling institutions we all have one thing on our minds: JOBS! And what a daunting thought it is. That feeling of unease, I don’t think it ever leaves the system when it comes to looking for a job or a career. Our aim is to make this process easier for you, so take note of these tips for your next job interview.
While many of us may not think of job interviews as a presentation, it may be one of the most important presentations we make. This is your chance to talk about yourself, your accomplishments and achievements and how you are the perfect candidate for the job.
1. Keep Calm and Don’t Sweat It
Remaining calm during this process is always a heavy task. Sweaty palms, heartbeat racing and slight perspiration are normal, but don’t let that override what you are capable of. I’ve learnt a good trick that I picked up from one of those self-help guides online: think about what you are going to do after the interview process. So, envision yourself doing something relaxing after your interview, it could be as simple as picturing yourself having a sip of water. This helps to de-stress you before your actual interview and also to keep your anxiety at bay afterwards.
2. A New job interview BFF?
An interview is pretty much like making a new friend. Yes, fewer smiles and less verbose conversation but it is having a conversation nonetheless. Once you understand that it is a conversation between two people, it will be easier to navigate your unease. Be clear and concise when speaking. There is nothing worse for an employer than having to keep asking you to “raise your voice,” or, “I beg your pardon?” Speak clearly, loud enough and you’ve got it!
3. Don’t Fake It Till You Make It
They saw your name and have seen your CV – they know who they are expecting. So, there is no need to apologise for your lack of experience, rather chalk up the experience you already have in your job interview. The merit of your education, your personal strengths and your personality are good talking points about how your previous experience makes you the perfect candidate for the job.
The saying ‘fake it till you make it’ isn’t always the way to go. Don’t lie, even if something is problematic or embarrassing. When asked a question, always answer as honestly as you can in that moment. But, also be selective of the information you share. For example, don’t dish out family secrets and personal problems … this is not the time or place.
4. Shake It Off
If you’re like me and you use your hands to talk and demonstrate certain things, diminish that habit immediately. You’ll just end up detracting your interviewer from understanding what it is you are actually saying in the job interview. Also, nobody wants to be whacked in the face by a flailing arm or hand. If your hands are tremblers, grab a stress ball before the interview or a little round object and keep that rolling in your hand right until the interview. Try to refrain from holding a piece of paper, because if you are nervous, the piece of paper shakes and moves in your hands.
5. Say no to Slang!
As we young ones navigate the world with a newly formed English language dictionary, this is not the time to show your skills in the slang and coarse language department. If the interviewer uses slang, don’t follow suit. Always maintain a level of professionalism.
As a young student, your experience might not speak for you, but certainly the way you carry and handle yourself will do the job. Passion and a fresh perspective that young people bring to the table is an invaluable asset that companies are always eagerly looking for.
6. Look into my Eyes…
The eyes always tell the most intricate stories. For a long time, making eye contact was tricky for me because it was always quite uncomfortable. But during the interview process, eye contact is extremely important. Making eye contact shows people that you are sincere and confident.
As you navigate this new stage in your life, the job market can be daunting. These tips are not the be-all and end-all but hopefully they will help you. Good Luck!
DO YOUR HOMEWORK. And do it well. When you are invited to go to a job interview, it’s very important that you inform yourself about the position and the company. You need to know what service or product you will be representing in the job interview, and how you are an asset to that particular business. For example, you might be asked to go for an interview for a retail agent position at Edgars, in which case you want to avoid being put on the spot with a question like “Would you be interested in working in the cosmetic products section?” and all you can think is, “They have cosmetic products?” Yeah, let’s not go there.