By September 30, 2023 Jobs

Oh, the classic signs: a jittery leg, an incessantly racing heart, and that constant thought – What if I mess up? Here at the BBC, we’ve seen our fair share of nervous interviewees. And let’s spill the tea: even the most seasoned professionals get a touch of the interview jitters. But fear not! We’ve put together a dashing guide to help you transform that nerve-wrecking ordeal into a confident interaction.

  1. Preparation, Preparation, Preparation!
    • What to Do: Research the company, the role, and your interviewer. Prepare answers for common interview questions. The more prepared you are, the less you’ll have to improvise.
    • What to Read: Go for “What Color Is Your Parachute?” by Richard N. Bolles. It’s an excellent resource for job-hunters.
  2. Dress to Impress – but be Yourself!
    • What to Do: Choose an outfit that fits the company’s culture. However, always ensure it’s tidy and professional.
    • What to Read: “The Image of Leadership: How leaders package themselves to stand out for the right reasons” by Sylvie di Giusto offers fantastic tips on how to dress for success.
  3. Practice Mindfulness and Breathing Techniques
    • What to Do: Deep breathing can calm your nerves. Focus on your breath, inhale slowly through your nose, and exhale through your mouth. This can center your thoughts.
    • What to Read: “The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation” by Thich Nhat Hanh.
  4. Think of it as a Conversation
    • What to Do: Instead of viewing the interview as an interrogation, think of it as a two-way chat. They’re getting to know you, but you’re also getting to know them!
    • What to Read: “How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships” by Leil Lowndes.
  5. Post-Interview Reflection
    • What to Do: Once it’s over, reflect on what went well and areas of improvement. This will prepare you for future interviews.
    • What to Read: “Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well” by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen.

So, the next time you feel those familiar flutters of nervousness, remember they’re completely natural. With preparation, the right attire, and a calm mind, you’re set to make a fantastic impression. Here’s to you landing that dream job! Cheers! 🥂

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