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Interview Nerves – tricks to help you get over them!

When was the last time you went for an interview?  For some it might have been this week, for others it might have been years.  Regardless of age or length of unemployment (or even if you’re going for a promotion) there will always be anxiety and an uncertainty about what’s before you.  Here’s a couple of tricks that I tell my clients.

  1. Anxiety: welcome the anxiety; it’s your friend. We need anxiety, we need nerves because it’s that which raises our game and helps us to perform.  Extreme levels of anxiety are when we let it get out of control and recognising that actually it’s a good thing. Changing your mindset about anxiety helps you take control and use it to your advantage.
  2. Use positive imagination: uncertainty arises because we use our imagination in the wrong way. We imagine because we don’t know where we’re going, who will be on the interview panel, what questions will be asked.  So when you get that interview confirm the exact location, who’s on the interview panel, how long it will go on for.  Now we use imagination in the right way.  Anticipate the questions they might ask by putting yourselves in their shoes.  If you were the supervisor, or owner what would you want to know about the person sitting in front of you and importantly, why.  Imagine those questions and then imagine your responses to them.
  3. Be prepared: before you go make a list of questions you want to ask. This is again about getting control so you can manage any anxiety or uncertainty.  It shows you’ve researched the company and are interested, that you will be an active member of any team, or can show initiative if you are working on your own.

So that’s my top three tips. Finally, if you’re not successful always, always ask for feedback.  It will help you refine your approach and get the next position you go for! Article kindly written by Laura Murphy – an award winning organisational development specialist and executive coach.   She can be contacted on laura@mtc2.co.uk or phone 0845 408 4012.