As many among us, we all have experienced this so anxious and uncomfortable feeling of stress during interviews. Interviews might go well, but might be a nightmare only because we answer to an unusual form of questions, we observe an unsmiling greeting, we catch a silence after stating the answer to a particular question, or we face a confrontational attitude.
We all believe that the main purpose of stressful situations show our true nature under the polished preparation, hence the candidates who perform well under pressure in the interview will handle work stress in a similar way.
So today, we wish to share with you some simple but still important advice if you are experiencing an unpleasant interview:
What if the interviewer was even more stressed than you are ?
Imagine that your interviewer just arrived at this position and is quite junior in conducting interview. So now, you are both on the same boat and you should turn this situation at your advantage in lightening the mood by realizing you are both new to this role and both could win in making this interview as smooth, fluid and instructive as possible.
What if you could be in the interviewer’s shoes ?
Try to figure out that the person in front of you is a man or woman with pressure at job, deadlines, a boss to report back, busy agenda. If you visualize the interviewer as much as professional as you, you will understand that he / she takes time and shows interest in your profile, abilities and qualifications, otherwise he / she won’t waste his precious time for you. As they have already approved your CV, the hardest part is over as the interview might be only an opportunity for you to build a rapport with the interviewer about things he / she already knows from your CV.
Now just imagine you are the interviewer full of control and confidence that needs to simply deliver clear and correct answers to show the best of you. You might go further in picturing yourself as already employed and the interview is only an opportunity to know more the interviewer as a future peer.
Know yourself, practice and be prepared
There is no magic trick to make a good interview, however as you are the only subject matter during the discussion , you should be able to clearly exposed your professional achievement, success, interests, skills, qualifications, employment history. We can only advice you to be in total control of the subject with an outstanding confidence (but without overselling too much …).
Then, make some research about the company where you are applying and try to figure out in advance how you can be a vital piece of the puzzle. In other words, practice, practice and practice.
What if we were human after all ?
Remind yourself that everyone might make mistakes or fail to difficult questions. You should only keep a professional approach in your response, regain composure and take remedial action to refocus and move to the next question if possible.
What if a good smile could save you ?
Laughter is the closest distance between two person and smiling might break the ice without any difficulties. Nothing difficult and it might bring positive light in the interview.
There is no magic wand to help to make interview a success, just remember that no matter how competitive is the job market, you should always remember that others opportunities might be waiting for you – it helps reduce stress when you are turned down and helps make a great performance.