Job interview nervousness can exist even when you have everything about the job interview after thorough research about the company, rehearsing and practicing job interview questions and having all that it takes to face the interviews. Collecting yourself to beat nervousness requires few things to put in practice like;1. Prepare adequately
Preparedness means doing adequate research about the organisation and the panel on the people on the interview panel by mastering their roles in the company. This gives you more knowledge about the organisation and the people working there and by this, any question that comes your way during the interview might be relevant and will answer with confidence.
Avoid overworking your mind until late hours to the interview by gathering all the needed details on time. Write, revise and print your resume a few days before the interview and arrange them in your file ready for the interview. Make copies of other relevant testimonials and make them available. Select the appropriate dressing attire a day before, iron and lay them prepared for the day. Arrive early at the interview area and have time to relax and think about the interview.
Outline specific points that are essential for interview questions yourself or coach or friend and think about the answers you will give. Lack of enough practice and rehearsals will bring nervousness; however, more practice makes you more skilful.
Picture yourself answering the questions fluently with a lot of confidence; this is known as being positive. Visualize yourself making impressive performance; in case you feel yourself having a shaky voice, taking a deep breath with a smile will calm the situation. Being positive also means considering the interviewer as a friend and not a wild person. Positive attitude towards him/her makes you confident, and on the other hand, negativity will cause nervousness.
Sitting upright exhibits great confidence and helps in projecting your natural voice
Whenever you think of the best out you, anxiety is manageable. Anxiety always makes you feel that you can’t make it and as long as you keep focus on what will come out of you than what will come out of the interviewer, you will avoid panic. The idea is to play your part in the interview not minding about the rest.
Creating an elevator pitch isn’t hard as all you need to do is sit down, relax and get composed, then come up with it. Otherwise known as a value proposition, an elevator speech is meant to sell you within the shortest time possible. Most elevator pitches take around 30 seconds to one minute if too long, and it shouldn’t be longer than this. A long pitch will have your audience losing attention as human concentration spans differ and some may be short while others long.
Know what you want to achieve using that elevator pitch as this will offer guidance as to what you are supposed to do and how you will go about the whole thing. A goal will provide you with a target for the pitch.
You may not be aware of who will interview you, and thus it can be a challenge determining the type of audience you are dealing with. However, you can just come up with your pitch and twist it on the D-day to suit that particular audience. This is where flexibility comes in, and you need to be capable of changing your angle even at the last minute.
No man is an island, and we all know this too well. You need to be open to new ideas from friends and those who are experts in the field. They may know something you don’t, no matter how intelligent you may be. Therefore, learn to listen to advice from those who have some experience even as you input your ideas in the pitch. You can also consult at personal levels so that you have a glimpse of what is expected of you.
A perfect elevator pitch isn’t something you will achieve overnight, well unless you’re a genius. And even if you are, it is still vital for you to practice. You can also take the whole week to do this practice at different intervals until it is perfect for presentation. You can try presenting the pitch to the mirror while observing your movements or you can call a few friends and present it to them. Using friends is the best idea as they will tell you their opinions on where you need to change and where you’re fine. This will help you sharpen your presentation so that on an actual day, you just hit the nail on the head.
Of course, there are other many ways to prepare your elevator pitch, but the above are some of the best ones you will find.
An interview is a purposeful one on one conversation between two parties with different aspirations. A job interview demands that the interviewer becomes the recruiter and the interviewee becomes the subject party of the interview. It is, therefore, the interviewee’s opportunity to convince the interviewer on why he or she should be hired. A company’s success or growth directly depends on the employees, and therefore interviews are very important as they spearhead the hiring process. It is at this phase that we see an interviewee face an interviewing panel to convince them on how he or she will add value to the company.
Impression. Based on little evidence and knowledge to the interviewer about who you are, first impressions will give the interviewer judgmental views on who you are in relations to what the company requires from you. This, however, requires prior research on the company. Other than the looks, an impressive resume should be your qualifying factor in the whole interviewing process as this will dictate how you are handled.
Courage. This is a crucial factor as it qualifies your ability in the interviewing phase. It should, therefore, come out in the way you answer the questions as you relate them with the company’s goals merged up with what your education, skills, and competencies depict of you.
Point out your accomplishments passionately. Previous successful tasks you are proud to associate with in your employment history should pop up at this point. Go to specifics and even talk of the awards you got in your line of duty, the achievements you made, how you used your skills and competencies to maneuver in your line of duty and even how you solved significant challenges in your line of duty. All this will only make sense to the interviewer if you link the accomplishments with the company’s goals mission, vision, and job requirements.
Referencing. After talking about the many accomplishments you had, it is only logical you convince the employer with recommendation letters as a confirmation to your accomplishments. Usually, this could come in at the time you are giving in your certifications.
It is, therefore, an interviewee’s initiative to adequately prepare for the interview by making sure there is the familiarity of the position applied for, company and job description details and finally knowing yourself. You will only be hired if you can add value to the company.
Understanding the unique characteristics that differentiates you from others is very important before facing an interviewing panel. This creates a sense of self-awareness in preparation for an interview which is a step in having a successful interview. An interviewee can, therefore, rely on the following.
Determine whether you are an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are those people that are so much self-centered and embrace and inward mentality. There are professions that require introverts because of the nature of the works that they do; for instance, and data administrators are perceived to be introverted. This, however, does not disqualify extroverts from being good data administrators. Extroverts are social beings and get turned on by interactions in their workplaces. Extroverts are good fields like sales, motivational speakers and even public administration. Determining whether you are an introvert or extrovert helps you prepare well for the interview as it enhances self-awareness.
Evaluate how you end up making decisions. Here you get to know whether you fall under the ‘thinking type’ or the ‘feeling type’ of a person with regards to making decisions. ‘Thinking type’ of a person is that person who makes his or her own decision independently with regards to the logical aspect of the decision. The logic here is a guiding factor for the thinking type of persons. ‘Feeling type’ of a person makes decisions with regards to other people’s perceived thinking trying to accommodate their views in his or her decision. The feeling type is a type of person who wants to represent other people’s views and wouldn’t want to have conflicts as a result of his or her decision. Before an interview having to categorize yourself in either of the two helps you bring out who you are in the interview.
The judging or perceiving types. Here you determine your personality by checking how you communicate or relate to people on a diverse level and find out if you are judgmental or perceptive about other people and how you associate with them. Those who are of a judgmental type are recommended for positions that require independent decisions unlike those of a conscious kind who prefer involving other people and make a consultative decision.
Different job descriptions require different personalities and therefore personality checks before an interview are a very determining factor in a successful interview. Look for a place where you will fit in perfectly.