Have you ever walked into an interview room, sat down and fumbled your speech? Or been sat outside the room and your heart was beating extremely fast and you felt so nervous? If you answered yes, this article is for you.
Here are 5 tips to get you through an interview:
1. Don’t overthink it:
You may be constantly going over what the interviewers could ask you and how you could answer them in a way that would make you sound really smart. Don’t! This makes you more likely to ramble on and on about the same thing in different words.
Your best bet is to look at the most common questions on the internet, think about what you could mention but don’t fabricate your answers. If you do this, you run the risk of answering a question wrong and ruining your chances as a candidate.
Wait until you get into the interview, listen carefully to the questions and answer honestly.
2. Eat before you go and drink plenty of water:
If you don’t eat before you go into your interview, you are likely to hear a belly rumble at some point. Although you and the interviewing body may have a little giggle about this at first, if it consistently happens you will be unable to focus properly and the interviewers may not be able to continue the interview properly either.
Drinking is extremely important anyway, but you must ensure that you drink enough before an interview because you can actually begin chocking simply because your throat is dry, which will, as before, lead to you losing your train of thought and losing your focus in the interview.
3. Be yourself:
Go into the interview room and show the interviewer your true self. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Authenticity is something that interviewing bodies ardently look for, so just stick to being yourself because little lies lead to big lies and these have consequences.
4. Dress for success:
If your interview is for a big real estate agency, wear a suit. If your interview is for a scholarship, wear your school uniform or your best suit. If your interview is for a small cafe, wear something smart but casual.
You never get a second chance to make a great first impression, so do it the first time.
However, don’t overdress. If you feel like you have gone overboard, refine the outfit a little. You don’t need a top hat and waistcoat, just be smart.
5. Pronounce words understandably:
Don’t over-pronounce and try to be too smart, but do make sure that interviewers aren’t constantly asking you to repeat yourself, as this can ruin your chances as a candidate — especially as they’ll usually want someone with whom they can easily communicate.
Good luck in your interviews in the future, let me know how you all get on!