When interviewing no matter how experienced you are, we all naturally get nervous from time to time. Dealing with candidates on a daily basis I come across people who lack self-confidence this is across a range of jobs to include Senior Management to Juniors/Graduates. Lack of confidence can mean the difference between getting the job or not. I find people often lack confidence even though they have all of the information, it is just a case of formulating this in a manner that will flow and make sense to the interviewer(s). A few key areas to making a difference in the interview include:
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe.
The more you prepare the better you will feel about the experience ahead. Do your research on the company and job, understanding the requirement and were this sits within the organisation. Knowledge is power after all, and this enables us to feel & act confident thus acing the interview.
Too often we answer a question and miss vital information, a full proof technique to avoid missing detail is by adopting the STAR Technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result). This is mainly applied to competency based interviews, it has been tried and tested so be assured it works. Provide detail in answers, if you don’t say it the interviewer will have no choice to assume that you don’t have it. Highlight your skills, emphasizing any key areas you believe will be of interest/relevance to the role.
Communication is both verbal and nonverbal, ensure you display positive nonverbal communication i.e. eye contact, good posture (sit up straight), and show confidence in the way you hold yourself. Also speak clearly, do not mumble and above all make sure you LISTEN. So many people forget to listen in an interview and this is a simple mistake but easily eradicated. Communication skills are essential in everyday life, make sure you use them effectively within an interview setting, displaying willingness to talk and listen.
End the interview by thanking the interviewers for their time and ask if they have any further questions. Have a few questions prepared for the interviewers, this can be about the company or the role. It is also important to ensure that as soon as you leave the interview room you feel confident in the knowledge you have gained about the company/role as you will not get the chance to relive this moment. Tell the employer why you have an interest in them, flattery will get you everywhere! People forget that clients like to hear positives about their organisation and by selecting them makes them feel special.
By preparing yourself for interview you will increase your chances of getting the job. The structure, communication and ending are all a part of the process and need to be managed throughout to increase your success rates. Interviewing can be nerve wrecking if you have not mastered the art of the simple steps above which support most interview styles. Ultimately these steps will help you to feel confident and overcome those interview fears, after all you are just talking to people about the knowledge and experience you have acquired. If you don’t believe in yourself how do you expect a future employer to?
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” - Norman Vincent Peale