POSTED ON 19th November 2018 BY NAda el-hammoud
The main thing people will tell you to do before an interview is ‘prepare’, but these are some essential tips on what to do on the big day.
Remember, your interviewer is just another human being
With all the pressures and stresses that come with job interviews, it’s easy to see your interviewer as some awful spawn of satan set out to make you fail in life - try to remember that they’re human too (albeit a probably well-paid one), and have probably been in the same position you are in right now many times. They’re not there to make you uncomfortable or to intimidate you, so just pretend you’re talking to someone you’ve just met at a coffee shop and you’ll breeze through the interview!
Don’t ramble on
When you’re a nervous wreck it’s easy to just vomit out words - especially in an interview. Relax, breathe in and out, and think about your answers for a few seconds before speaking. Don’t just jump into answering a question as soon as it’s posed to you, as this is where it’s easy to mess up and just start spewing a load of rubbish. Be clear and concise with your answers, and keep to the point.
Okay I admit this is an extremely rinsed out and overused piece of advice, but it really helps. So many people go into interviews and try to portray themselves as a completely different person because they think it’ll land them the job - this is not true! Your true self is your best self, and anyways interviewers can see right through someone who’s just acting; they’ll appreciate you being yourself rather than trying to put up facade and fake your way through.
Be nice to EVERYONE
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to be extra nice to every single person from the minute you enter the building of your interview (or if you’d like to be a decent human being then just be nice to everyone all the time). Someone was going for a *life changing* audition but they really didn’t do that great in comparison to the other actors there. However, they miraculously got to the next stage of the auditioning process! Why? Because they had been really kind to the runner who took them to the audition hall, and the said runner had put in a good word for them. Something as simple as kindness can really get you far - and who knows, maybe that receptionist whose hair you complement could be the reason you land your next big job.
Smile smile smile
Smiling is an absolute essential when meeting anyone for the first time, especially at a job interview - you want to show them that you’re a happy person who will bring positivity and enthusiasm to the workplace. Constantly check yourself to make sure there’s a smile on your face.
Written by Nada El-Hammoud
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