Ten ways to keep your cool at an interview

Job interview, Nerves, Bayford Foundation

We’ve previously looked at how to prepare for an interview, which focused on key areas such as doing your research and positioning how your own skills and experience fit into the role you are being interviewed for.

We’re now moving onto some tried and tested tips and techniques you can apply on the big day.

So the day of the interview has finally arrived. You look the part, you’ve prepared as much as you can, now you just need to get the job! Below are our Top 10 Tips to help you do just that:

  • Arrive on time

Give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview. Arriving 10 minutes early is great and shows that you are punctual. Turning up 40 minutes early could indicate that you are fairly desperate! If you are considerably earlier than you need to be, then go and get a coffee in a nearby café and try to relax a bit.

  • Turn off your mobile phone!

There is nothing more off putting than a mobile phone going off during an interview. You will be flustered and the interviewer will perceive it as bad manners, so don’t even risk it – just turn it off until you are finished.

  • Make a great first impression

Walk in confidently to the interview, make eye contact, smile and introduce yourself.

  • Breathe

When answering questions, remember to take the time to breathe. Don’t feel like you have to rush in and answer immediately. Think about what you are going to say before answering.

  • Listen

Listen carefully to questions before answering.   Make sure that you understand the question and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you are unsure. It is far better to check what is being asked, then to rush in with an irrelevant answer.

  • Don’t Interrupt

Wait until the interviewer has finished asking the question before you jump in with your answer. It may be that you know what the rest of the question will be, but it is still polite to wait before responding. It will also give you a moment to think through your reply. Do not talk over the interviewer, even if they interrupt you. Let them finish and then you can respond.

  • Be positive

The interview is your big chance to sell yourself. You grabbed their interest with your application form and now you get to show them who you really are. Be positive about yourself and your experiences. They will want to see you being enthusiastic and motivated, but don’t be overly confident or you may come across as arrogant. Do not swear and avoid using slang words.

  • Avoid Waffle

It’s very easy to waffle in an interview! Nerves often get the better of us and sometimes there can be quite long pauses between questions. Do not be tempted to fill those pauses with waffle – instead just wait for the interviewer to ask their next question.

  • Be honest

Be positive about yourself and everything that you have achieved, but be careful not to overstate your experiences and skills. If you haven’t done something, then don’t claim that you have and if you only have a small amount of experience in something, don’t pretend to be an expert. The truth will always come out in the end!

  • Thank them for their time

When the interview has finished, make sure that you stand up, look the interviewer in the eye, smile and shake hands with them. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you and say that you look forward to hearing from them soon. This will allow you to finish the interview on a positive note.

To find out more about our opportunities please get in touch with us by visiting our website on http://www.bayfordfoundation.co.uk, call 0113 202 5129 or fill in our contact form.

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  1. Pingback: Now the interview is over … how do you follow up? | Our Passion, Your Future

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