It can be one of the most nerve-wrecking experiences; whether you’ve been in a position for years and you have a career development meeting or if you are getting your feet on the career ladder; the interview.
Many people build up the fear in their head due to the anticipation of what lays ahead, but it’s often nowhere near as bad as expected, and post-interview many people wonder what they were initially worried about. It’s important to have a successful interview and these tips here can guide you in how to doing so. So, apart from being prepared, here are some other examples of situations that are far from ideal in an interview situation.
Be comfortable; it’s essential.
Although ladies seem to have a keen eye for being fashionable and comfortable, some men still struggle with this idea and either give it too little or too much with what they wear. Comfort is vital and this means investing in some decent men’s underwear to make sure you don’t feel fidgety in an interview situation. For both genders making sure you’re dressed well is a given. However, it’s important not to go over the top but instead aim to be stylish but professional.
Everyone has done it at some point where they’ve been in a situation where the words just won’t come out right. Nerves can sometimes get the better of you, but it’s important to not mumble and instead apologise and move on. It can be easy to repeat yourself due to the stress of the situation but by keeping calm and collected you can elaborate well on what you’re trying to say but your employers, or potential employers do not want to hear the same story again to a different question. Not only does it sound rehearsed but by having only one example of success you may be underselling yourself and your expertise.
It can’t be helped sometimes, no-one can say that they have never been guilty of doing so but if you do this in an interview situation then be prepared to fail. If there’s any time to concentrate its now. Although with a quick bit of research you can find common interview questions, the fact of the matter is that you’re never going to know what questions could be thrown at you. Pay attention to what you’re being asked and think about what you’re going to reply with. This will stop you tripping over your own words. Even the most seasoned of professionals daydream, but not when it matters, so concentrate on what is in hand and put any other woes or worrying aside for the time being.
Distinguishing professionalism and relaxation
You may be best friends with the interviewer in your personal life, but don’t blur the lines between what is appropriate in a work situation to something you would be quite happy to do in a personal situation. ‘Office banter’ may be appropriate at your desk with your close colleagues who you work with every day but not in a professional situation. Knowing the limits of both will make you sociable and approachable but also rightfully respected.
Bad CV explanation
There is nothing worse than being questioned about something you’ve written but not being able to back it up. Even worse is if the story behind it doesn’t quite add up to the success that has been laid down on paper. As mentioned in the Top Tips for A Successful Interview post, print out your CV and take it with you, you haven’t got a reason not to know your own CV inside out.
Interviews are essentially a test. If you’re panicky and flustered then you’re not going to be performing at your best. Sleep well beforehand and be prepared, you’ll have heard it thousands of times before but is it really important. If you’re comfortable, prepared, know the correct tone and concentrate then you will be taking excellent steps towards an excellent interview!
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This is a post by Matt Jones
Published by Holborn Training.