ACING THE JOB INTERVIEW
WHY JOB INTERVIEWS MAKE YOU A NERVOUS WRECK
All conversation revolves around the exchange of ideas between two or more individuals, verbal communication, maybe exchanging a few laughs here and there. And even though an interview includes all of these things why does it seem so daunting? Well, because there is a job at stake. It is only natural to feel a little nervous at an interview. After all, the interviewer has ability to offer a job. It is a hit or miss situation, if you’re successful, you get a job and if not, well then you don’t. And even though these ideas may seem like the sole cause of your nerves, but the stress goes beyond this: it is actually the fear of rejection that causes you to feel so unpleasant.
THE DO'S AND DONT'S OF A JOB INTERVIEW
Interviews are designed to judge you. To name a few, they evaluate you on your experience, qualifications, skills, your confidence and modesty. Here are a few pointers you can consider to keep your nerves in check:
- Present yourself as a potential asset to the organization.
- Try not to get too technical. Use less jargon.
- Do some research on the organization you are going to interview for. That way the interviewer recognizes that you came prepared.
- Convey your professional profile and characteristics.
- Work on your interpersonal skills.
- Don’t take any part of the process lightly. Be sure to respond to letter and phone calls.
- Be positive. If you don’t qualify for the job, there will be a next one you can apply for. Losing hope has never gotten anyone anywhere.
- Don’t expect your job search to start and end with an interview. Keep in mind that interviewing is just one aspect of the job search process so be patient.
Honestly, there very few interviews that turn out to be as horrible as you might have envisioned them to be. Try to use the interview situation to rough idea about what your work life will be. Then use that opportunity to think if such an idea fits your vision of a good job.