Like many people, you may have an interview coming up. Its great to be asked for an interview. But it can also be a daunting experience especially if its for a job that you really want. You may know our subject very well, have a good level of experience and have done your research. But, the ability to perform well on the day can often be hampered by nervous tension. However, you can learn some simple techniques to help to control your nerves and appear more confident on the day.
In this article we’ll be looking at some techniques to help you achieve more in your next interview.
Convince the interviewer you’re the best candidate for the job
You might already believe that you are the best person for the job and have all the right expertise but will you be able to convince your interviewer of that and beat the competition?
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Dealing with job interview nerves
It is natural to feel nervous before an interview. But unfortunately, when you are nervous you are more likely to speak too quickly and this will make you feel even more nervous.
To help control this, take two deep breaths before you start, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. Try to breathe out for as long as possible and think of releasing tension with the out breath.
This breathing technique will encourage you to slow down when you start to speak and help you create a more confident first impression.
Make sure you are heard by your interviewer
When you speak, you want the interviewer to sit up and take notice of what you say. To do this it is very important that he/she hears every word. If some of your words are unclear, merge together, or are too fast he/she will soon lose interest.
To help maintain a clear voice that is easy to follow, take your time over each word you say. Don’t snatch at any words. Each word has a beginning, middle and end – even if it only consists of one syllable, so make sure each part of the word is fully pronounced.
Leaving off word endings can give the impression that you are hesitant and your voice will lack conviction
Pause for greater effect
Speaking in a steady pace will also help the interview to listen and remember what you are saying.
When you first start to speak, it helps to pause at the end of your first sentence for a couple of seconds.
This will help you to control your pace and you will be less likely to speed up once you start speaking. Pausing also gives you time to collect your thoughts and you will be less likely to lose track of what you are saying or for your mind to go blank.
Make a strong first impression at your interview
People make judgments about you from the way you come across to them through your use of body language. To project yourself in a positive way, you need to make a confident entrance.
Make sure that you look at the interviewer when you shake his/her hand. Ensure that your handshake is firm but not bone-crushingly forceful.
Good posture can help generate a confident attitude. It is very difficult to project a confident manner if you slouch in your chair.
To achieve a strong first impression, ensure that the small of your back is firmly in the back of the chair when you sit down so that your sitting position is strong and your back is well supported.
Using eye contact effectively
Eye contact also helps you maintain a confident style and it is important to maintain focused eye contact during the interview. The key time to look at someone is at the end of your sentence as this helps cement the message in that sentence. If you look away at that moment you may appear hesitant and your words will lack conviction.
When speaking to an interview panel the rule of thumb is to give around 3 seconds of eye contact at random to individuals on the panel. This is long enough to engage with individuals without over-staring at any particular individual.
Interview techniques – a summary
Here is a summary of the simple techniques you can apply in an interview to help you become more confident:
- Take two deep breaths before you start – to help slow down
- Take your time over each word you say – to avoid mumbling
- Pause at the end of your sentences – to help control your speed
- Check you sitting position – so that it is relaxed and well supported
- Use confident eye contact and share around the interview panel
Leave a lasting impression
Finally – try to enjoy your interview. If you look as it you are going to enjoy the experience you will send out the right signals.
At the end finish confidently with a smile and avoid any apologetic comments even if it hasn’t all gone according to plan. If you don’t draw attention to these things they are less likely to be noticed.
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