May 3, 2022, 12:11 p.m.
It’s normal to be nervous before an interview, especially if it’s your first. In order to channel your nerves into something positive, it’s important to understand what you’re feeling nervous about before implementing strategies to control your feelings.
If you’re able to identify the reasons for why you feel nervous, that’s a great start in gaining control. It’s common to feel nervous when you don’t know what to expect, so start by thinking about everything that you’re unsure of, are there any questions you have going round in your head that you’re starting to panic about?
Below our team have shared their top tips on controlling your pre-interview nerves…
The key to a successful interview is preparation. Surprisingly, preparation is also a fantastic strategy for combating pre-interview nerves. It’s important that you’re aware of preparing for the things you can control, and letting go of the things you can’t. When attending an interview, you’re in control of completing the research, preparing your journey and practising your responses.
Following preparation, you’re going to want to put effort into practising your responses. If this is your first interview, you may want to run through basic questions such as:
Tell us about yourself
What are your strengths and weaknesses
Tell us about your biggest achievements
Questions like these are often easy to answer if you have some key points prepared. Thinking about your responses in advance will make you feel more relaxed about answering them on the spot, and you’re less likely to freeze when under pressure. You may also want to research and prepare for more specific questions in relation to the company, industry or job role. Preparing for these questions will also reduce the fear of having anything unexpected crop up, and it will impress the employer if you come across as confident with your answers.
Aside from the actual interview, you may also want to feel prepared with other things - such as your outfit, your transport and your morning routine. Aiming to reduce any problems on the day can also be a great way to calm your nerves. We’d recommend planning your outfit in advance, researching the location of the interview, plotting the quickest and most convenient route to arrive on time, and also being strict on a positive morning routine. You’re going to want to ensure your outfit is ironed, clean and laid out the night before. When plotting a route, be aware of any changes that could occur such as closed roads, or disrupted public transport, be sure to arrive around 10 to 15 minutes before the interview starts. Finally, ensure you have a positive morning routine in place. Set your alarm, eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Our team wishes you the best of luck with any upcoming interviews. Remember, all interviews are great practice and attending an interview will always be an experience you can build on regardless if you get the job.
If you wish for more support, contact our Careers Team: https://www.wearegft.co.uk/1-1-iag/