No matter how many interviews you’ve done, sometimes it just never seems to get easier. Every time, you have new people to please and often unfamiliar questions to answer.
And all while you’re getting grilled, you also have to stay enthusiastic.
Yes, it certainly can be challenging, however, there are several ways you can lessen the stress involved. While it’s not quite like studying for the SAT, the more prepared you are, the better things will likely go.
Here are a few tips to make things a little easier on yourself.
1. Review and Prepare
When you walk into an interview, there are some things you absolutely need to know. You should have already thoroughly researched the company and learned what they’re looking for in a new employee.
Be ready to share plenty of examples of what skills you have that’ll ensure you’re a good fit.
It also never hurts to review common interview questions and formulate answers to them ahead of time. However, you should still pay extra close attention to the interviewer’s questions so you can respond appropriately.
Make sure you’ve also prepared a couple of questions to ask your potential employer as well.
We know it can be nerve-wracking, but staying calm is imperative to a good interview. Not only does what you say matter, but your body language also speaks volumes as well.
It’s incredibly important to be confident, make eye contact, and avoid interrupting the interviewer.
Believe in yourself, envision your success, but – whatever you do – don’t be cocky.
3. Find Common Ground
The stronger a connection you can build with your interviewer, the better. Often, an interview doesn’t just entail what you know about the company. It also helps to learn about the people who work there – especially whoever is interviewing you.
No, we’re not suggesting you go on a full-on e-stalking expedition, but little details can help. Make sure you learn and use your interviewer’s name, for example.
In general, building rapport with your interviewer can often go a significantly long way. Most folks would prefer to hire people that they like and that they feel fit in with the company culture.
4. Arrive Early
When preparing for your interview, try not to procrastinate. Your outfit should be picked out, tried on, and ready to go the night before. You should also have everything you need organized and together. This means extra copies of your resume, a notepad, a pen, etc.
Even your hair (and makeup, if you wear it) should be planned out ahead of time.
This way, you won’t be rushed or in a panic and you can easily arrive early to your interview.
5. Always Follow Up
Regardless of how you feel your interview went, you should always follow-up with the employer ASAP. This isn’t to ask whether you got the job, but to simply thank the interviewer for his or her time.
If you left out important details during your interview, you can include them in your thank-you note.
Also, if you had multiple interviewers, be sure to send each one their own, personal note.