Jessica Tabinor tips
The clammy palms. The spiking blood pressure. The thundering heartbeat.
No, we’re not talking about what happens when you watch The Conjuring; we’re talking about what can happen in a job interview.
But don't worry, we have plucked up the courage to list four common interview fears and four ways to deal with them that doesn’t involve running away and hiding behind the sofa. Because let’s face it, we’ve all been there!
- The Fear: ‘They’re judging me’
Answer: It doesn’t matter which way you look at it, an interview is a performance and so to some extent, you will be judged. But the best thing to do is to be yourself and not what you think the interviewer is looking for as this may not bode well in the future. However, this works both ways, you need to exercise judgement too – deciding whether the company is a good fit for you.
- The Fear: ‘I’ll never get this job’
Answer: Firstly, thinking negatively will affect your performance, so try to put any worries to the back of your mind. If you’ve done the preparation and you’re satisfied that you can present yourself in the best light possible, then the rest is out of your hands – only one person can get the job. Remember, every interview is an experience, so you never come away empty handed.
- The Fear: ‘What if I forget everything?’
Answer: It’s a good idea to accept that you will forget some points. In this case, creating a presentation or a document with your points on could help to trigger those memories. Also consider role-playing the interview with a family member beforehand, which can also help with your confidence. You will be surprised how much information your brain can retain when it needs to!
- The Fear: ‘I’m so nervous, I’m shaking’
Answer: We’ve all had that nervous laugh, over-smiling and even forgetting what our name is, but you need to not let nerves get the better of you. Try to stay calm leading up to the interview and don’t over think scenarios which can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy. A good tip is to do some yoga or relaxation techniques before the interview. And breathe…
Hopefully, these tips will ensure you can face your fears when you’re attending your next interview.