21.7.17

Tips to calm interview nerves


Interviews may seem daunting, but most of it is being afraid of the unknown. It's actually a fantastic thing and interviews can seem a challenge to get invited to in the first place. So, the first thing to realise is "well done". An employer has chosen you as one of the candidates, so be proud.


One: Prepare

Get absolutely everything ready the night before. That includes: underwear- such as lighter bras if you're opting for a white shirt, tights, makeup, shoes and any other bits and bobs you're going to wear. Have a notepad and pen ready in your bag too.

Side note: Dress accordingly to an interview and their environment. Look the part.

Know the company. Make sure you've done your research on the place you're going to be interviewed.
  • Who are they?
  • Are they independent/ a chain?
  • Their opening hours
  • Anything unique, have you seen them in any events or news articles?
  • Their services
  • Their competitors
  • Their audience
Anything like that really and make sure you're passionate about where you are being interviewed. Make notes if that makes you feel better or draw diagrams. You don't need to know everything about the company, just up to five key facts about them and why you would fit in. 


Two: Relax


Take time for yourself the evening before. Have a bath, eat some chocolate or watch a good film. If you've done your research, (you may feel like you know nothing now), but it will all come back when you're asked a specific question. That's when your brain isn't in overdrive and puts things into context.


Three: Recite

  1. Role play and have a practice interview perhaps?
  2. Read things aloud, but don't sound robotic
  3. Have a look through any notes
  4. Maybe glance over their website or social media one more time to really get up to scratch

Four: Breathe


Finally... BREATHE.

It's good to be a little nervous, but being too nervous might hinder you. Ultimately, a company is going to hire "you" and you really want your personality to shine. It can be scary, and I've been stupidly panicky before interviews before. Take deep breaths, reassure yourself "I am good enough, I can do it, what's the worst that can happen."

I always giggle at the Miranda episodes, thinking well I haven't quite sang or offered tea and cake at an interview yet...

The best case scenario: you get the job, worst case, you don't and you find the right job for you in time.

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  1. I've been looking for jobs lately and I'd say it's definitely important to know the thorough details and definition of the role title that you're applying for. Such helpful tips, thank you x

    Alice // The Rose Glow

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    1. Good luck with your search! Most definitely, lots ask what do you think the role entails? Glad you enjoyed x

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