How to deal with dreaded interviews

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So lately I’ve been applying for a million jobs and it’s had me thinking about the process of interviews. I’ve had a couple interviews recently and found that there was a few things I kept doing that was not showing my full potential. I’m writing this post hoping to maybe help a few of you that have interviews coming up, I know they can be super sucky. I usually just sit there thinking about what food i’m going to eat when I get home or just praying for it to be done but unfortunately interviews are an important part of life that we’ll all have to do at some point.

Clothes – Really think about your outfit choice, what are you trying to show your interviewer from how you’re dressed? It is always best to be over dressed than under dressed. I know some places have a casual or no dress code but turning up to an interview smartly dressed shows you made an effort and actually says a lot about you.

Research – Researching the company and it’s role is so important and can really sway your employers mind. It shows you have genuine interest in the company and the job you’re applying for and also gives you more to talk about. You can relate your skills to the job you’re applying for to impress your employer and show that you have more to bring to the company.

Body language – One of my weakest qualities. How you hold yourself is so important, if you’re sat there slouching it just looks like you couldn’t be less interested to an employer. I have such a bad habit of slouching and in general having bad posture. Your body language shows a lot to an employer, holding yourself high with shoulders back shows an employer you’re open and confident.

Breathe – Try your best to be calm. This is a big one for me and something I find so hard to do sometimes, especially when it’s a very professional environment i’m going into but it’s so important to remember they’re just humans too. I try to always think of this before my interview, it may sound dumb but I feel like interviews de-humanise them a bit and you start thinking of them as some higher up beings (or is that just me?) which is not helping things at all. They’re just human and they probably have just as many flaws as you do and they’ve probably been in the exact same position as you, so take a breath and just be yourself.

Focus – The people interviewing you would rather you take 5 minutes to think about the question rather than just blurting out the first thing that pops into your head. Also try and focus fully on the interview (I know this sounds simple but I have a bad habit of getting in my head too much and just thinking about the most random things).

Rejection – If you don’t get the first or even fourteenth job you go for then just try and remain positive about it rather than taking it to heart. Think of ways you could improve next time, ask for feedback and why they thought you weren’t suitable for the job. It may seem scary and embarrassing at the time but it will really help you in the future and it shows you’re interested in improving yourself.

Hope you enjoyed reading this and that maybe it helped a few people. I know interviews can be horrible but it’s important to remember that that hour or so could be a total game changer in your life so you’re better off sucking it up and prepping as much as you can for that short time to get that job. So if any of you reading this have job interviews, good luck!! I believe in you.

What’s the worst job interview you’ve ever had? How do you like to prepare before job interviews? I’d love to hear your opinions and ideas.

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3 Comments

  1. August 6, 2017 / 5:50 am

    This is so helpful! I honestly hate interviews, plus I suffer with anxiety so it’s very hard to control my nerves 🙁

    • August 6, 2017 / 9:57 am

      I know the feeling, I always feel a bit like I can’t get my words out. It’s bad really that they’re still so rigid and formal when they just make people uncomfortable 😩😩

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