How To Overcome Your Fears During A Job Interview

Having to go through a job interview is a nightmare for everyone. They make you feel anxious and stressed, and you usually think you could have done better. However, things need not be that way. With the correct mindset and amount of preparation, you may easily overcome your concerns and perform superbly in the interview. Here, we’ll share some advice on how to achieve that goal.

The Different Types of Job Interviews

When it comes to job interviews, there are a few different types that you may encounter.

  • The first type is the screening interview, which is usually conducted over the phone or via video call.
  • The second type of interview is the behavioral interview. This type of interview is designed to assess your past behavior to predict how you will behave in similar situations.
  • The third type of interview is the technical interview. This type of interview assesses your knowledge and skills related to the position you’re applying for.
  • Finally, the fourth type of interview is the panel interview. This type of interview involves multiple people interviewing you at once.

The Fear Of The Unknown

You may be worried about what questions you’ll be asked or how you’ll come across to the interviewer. By doing some preparation beforehand and planning out your answers you will have a massive advantage over the interview and competing candidates.

If you’re not sure what type of questions they may ask, you can download our list of commonly asked questions which apply for almost all interviews. However, if you’d like to discover more profession related questions, feel free to reach out via email or through our website and we’ll provide you with a more specific list according to your sector, profession and level.

Tips to Overcome Your Fears During a Job Interview

If you’re like most people, the thought of going on a job interview can be daunting. But don’t let your fears get the best of you. Here are some tips to help you overcome those nerves and ace your next interview:

1. Do your homework. The more you know about the company and the position you’re interviewing for, the more confident you’ll feel. So take some time to research ahead of time. Wikipedia is a good start, but try checking out the news filter in Google and see what is happening with the company at the present time too. LinkedIn is an excellent place to find out your future colleagues, your peers career paths and how they relate to you.

2. Practice, practice, practice. The more prepared you are, the less likely you’ll freeze up during the interview. So go over common interview questions with a coach, friend or family member, or even in front of a mirror.

3. Stay positive. Believe in yourself and remember you have what it takes to get the job. If you’ve been invited for the interview, then they already believe you have what it takes to do this role. Your positive attitude will come across to your interviewer and help put them at ease.

4. Take your time. If you need a moment to think before answering a question, that’s perfectly fine – take a deep breath and take your time before responding. Give yourself an opportunity by saying “that’s a great question” and ask for clarification questions to give a more precise answer.

5. Be yourself. Ultimately, the goal is to show the interviewer that you’re the best fit for the job – so don’t try to be someone you’re not! Just relax and be yourself throughout the entire process.

Career & Job Interview Coach Can Help

Hiring a career or job interview coach can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, prepare for tough questions, and give you the confidence you need to ace the interview.

We also provide valuable feedback after the interview so that you can learn from your mistakes and improve next time. By practicing and getting valuable feedback in the moment can allow you time to develop, improve and deliver on your answers, greatly improving your chance for success.

If you’d like to know more about our programs and availability, click here and book a free discovery call.  

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