6 Job Interview Facts to Help Settle Your Nerves.
Many people struggle during job interviews. Not because they’re not qualified, and not because they’re unprepared, but because they’re nervous.
Now, we all know that this shouldn’t come into play when assessing how well-suited a candidate is to fulfil a role. However, sometimes nerves get the better of candidates, hindering them, and making them perform below what they’re truly able to. This can come off to the interviewer that you’re not suitable or prepared for the role. So, how can this be changed? Well, hopefully, through the following facts.
That’s right. We propose that knowing the 6 facts will help you to ace your next job interview. How? Well, I guess you’re going to have to stick around to find out!
Interviewers and Businesses Don’t Always Want to See Every Qualification You Have.
This is a point that many candidates get wrong, as they feel the need to mention everything on their CV. Well, we’re here to tell you not to stress, as this isn’t necessary. In reality, your interviewer doesn’t want to hear about how you got an A* in PE if you’re applying for an admin role.
When you’re feeling nervous and your CV is clogged up with needless qualifications, it can become overwhelming. So do yourself a favour and look over your CV long before the interview. You’ll benefit largely from customising your CV for each position you apply for, making note of the version of your CV you’ve used, and taking that along with you to your interview. It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t lie on your CV, so putting things into it that aren’t true is unacceptable. However, removing irrelevant parts is fine. Then, when you’re using your CV to back up your answers, you won’t be darting past irrelevant entries, feeling anxious and annoyed that you can’t find the part you wish to talk about.
Every Interviewer Is Human, Too.
The sad reality is this; Blade Runner is set in the past, we don’t have flying cars yet, and robot interviewers don’t exist. Because of this, that’s right, whoever interviews you is human, too.
If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed during the interview, or that the nerves are getting the best of you, be honest. Chances are that the interviewer will understand and give you some time to get yourself together. If they don’t, well, ask yourself if that’s the kind of company you want to work for…
Listening Is Key.
More often than not, nerves come from the unknown. Not knowing what to say, when to say it, or how. However, there’s an easy way to combat this – listening carefully.
Yes, this sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how often candidates fail to listen. To combat nerves, they’ve practiced so much on how to answer specific questions, that they fail to hear what they’re actually being asked. Then, the urge to mention specific parts of their CV or experience (that they may or may not have already been asked about but haven’t listened to) makes the candidate nervous, and you’re back to square 1. Then you’re prone to repeating yourself or frantically rambling.
The bottom line to this point – listen to what’s being asked. It makes answering the questions so much easier.
Slowing Yourself Down Can Help You Become Clearer.
What exactly do we mean by slowing yourself down? Well, we mean it in almost every sense (except when travelling to the interview, as there’s almost no excuse for arriving late).
Sadly, many candidates let nerves get the best of them during an interview, rushing their answers to get the interview over and done with. Not only does this tie into our previous point (candidates not listening) but slowing yourself down makes what you say clearer and more coherent. After all, how can you expect the interviewer to understand why you want the role if your answer is “IWouldLoveThisRoleAsIt’sBothAChallengeAndFamiliarInSomeAspectsToMyPreviousExperiences”?
It’s understandable that, when you’re nervous, you’ll rush your answers during a job interview. It’s often a coping mechanism you unknowingly adopt in an attempt to get the interview over and done with. However, rushing your answers won’t benefit anyone. Simply slow down, relax, and you’ll find yourself calming down.
You Don’t Need to Talk About Money.
There are two key points to acknowledge about this entry: ‘you’ and ‘don’t need to’.
Of course, the chances are that, at some point during the interview, the interviewer will direct the conversation onto salary, pay rate, and more. But, until then, you don’t need to talk about money. Really, until the conversation comes up, you’ll benefit from not even thinking about it. After all, this can stress you out and make you nervous as you wait for your opening to ask. Our advice is to think about the sort of pay you’d like (keep it realistic) before the interview and remember that amount. Other than that, don’t worry about it, as it’ll only stress you out and make you anxious if you do.
Now, we know some people will be reading this and disagreeing, thinking that money plays a huge part in whether you do or don’t accept a role. And you’re right, of course, you want to know how well a job pays. But you’re not likely to go through one if not several job interviews, potentially a trial, be offered the job, and start your new position without the pay being mentioned. The time will come, but you shouldn’t be the one to mention it.
Sitting Properly Makes You Seem More Confident.
For many, job interviews can be nerve-racking and really hurt your self-confidence. However, there are a few things you can do to help show the interviewer you’re confident, even if you’re not. We don’t call them cheats, though, we call them helpful tips.
As strange as it sounds, practice sitting. Not that you don’t already know how to sit, but we mean sitting properly. Centred, calm, and without fidgeting. We’ve written a whole blog about how your body language affects your job interview, which you can read here.
And there you have it, 6 job interview facts to help settle your nerves. For more blogs and posts designed to help you succeed in job interviews, click here.
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Thanks for reading, and good luck at your next interview!