Job interviews can be a stressful matter for most people. Reasons for this are very diverse as well as they are valid. You are opting for your dream job? A promotion that was years in the making? Maybe you are finally being interviewed for that part-time job you needed so much? All these scenarios would make the bravest of men or the boldest of women tremble. Truth be told, the higher the stakes, the more anxious you will be for the interview. Now, even though there is not a recipe to fully make your fright go away, this reading might help you on how to handle an interview to your favor.
Right off the bat, first thing you need to wrap your head around is this: You have already made it this far. Being called for an interview means you have crossed the first hurdle and succeeded the very first round of qualification which happens when interviewers evaluate resumes. Congratulations, your schooling, experience, skills or knowledge in the field have probably outshined many other candidates for this position. This means your potential boss has already eyed and liked your fit for the position. Use that advantage in your favor.
The second thing you have to keep in mind is this: you are going to have a conversation about a field of professional expertise you are familiar with and you probably even master. Most people go into interviews worrying about what they will discuss and fearing they might not know how to answer job-related questions. It’s a job interview about a job you applied for in an area you have probably experience with already. That’s it. You are not taking a test on algebra and you sure are not going to be discussing quantum physics. Don’t sweat over this.
Third factor to keep in mind: you are probably going to be making your first personal appearance in your future workplace when you assist an interview. You don’t want to look worried, stressed or nervous as that might be perceived as a downbeat in your abilities to socialize with your future coworkers. You need to radiate confidence, self-determination, aspiration, and a sense of happiness. Remember that non-verbal communication is just as important as your verbal skills.
Fourth and final tip is: try to lead the interview as much as possible. 9% of interviews go like this: you go in, you talk about the job, you go out. The end. Let’s focus on the important aspect here: you talk about the job. This means, you have a conversation with your interviewer, you discuss important matters about your future duties in the company. Whenever you are given the opportunity to talk, use it wisely to lead the conversation to your professional comfort zone. Try to discuss your strengths and try to escort the conversation into the areas you feel more confident about.
Do not be afraid of asking questions. That will help invert the roles with the interviewer. This is in fact advisable since it allows communication to go both ways as opposed to the traditional He-asks-I-answer drill which might become mechanic and tiresome. Of course, you absolutely need to be polite, show good manners, use topic-related vocabulary and try to be professional.