The secret to acing interviews: Believe in yourself
Posted by The LV= recruitment team
Preparing for an interview usually comes down to planning, preparation and practice, but we believe there’s one thing that brings this all together and can make a huge difference; confidence. Here are our three steps to helping you believe in yourself for your next interview:
1. Take away the worry
Plan everything you can in advance. Reducing the amount of things that could go wrong will help you feel calmer in the lead up to the interview.
Plan your journey: How you’re going to get there, how much time you need and what your backup plan is. It’s always better to be early than late.
Plan your outfit: Make sure everything is clean and ironed to avoid wardrobe panics on the day. Choose an outfit that makes you feel good, as well as look the part. If you’re wearing something you love, you’ll feel more confident.
Plan your answers: Use example questions to prepare your answers. Write everything out and make sure it relates to your CV. You’re less likely to panic and need to improvise in the interview as you’ll naturally recall what you wrote earlier.
2. Reinforce your memory
Now’s the time to reinforce everything you know and have planned so far. Think of it like an exam; the more you revise, the more you’ll remember on the day.
Absorb everything you can about the company; the latest news, press releases, their culture and values, products and beliefs. Research who you’ll be meeting; their position, background and interests. It could help with talking points, and they’ll be impressed that you took the time.
Make sure you know your CV and application inside out. Remind yourself of the most important parts and how your experience relates to the role.
Enlist a friend or family member to go through your questions with you. You’ll be able to hear your answers and get feedback from others, so you can tweak anything you’re not happy with.
3. Remember to be you
Your potential future employer is looking to employ someone just like you. So they need to understand who you really are.
Make a great first impression. Take a deep breath and enter the room with a smile, shake hands with each interviewer solidly, accept some water and ensure you take a drink (it’ll help calm your nerves), and try to break the ice with some light conversation.
Communication is about body language as well as speech. Remember to breathe, answer questions clearly and concisely and take your time. Make eye contact and include all of the interviewers, so that you build a real connection with each of them. Sit up, uncross your arms and try not to fiddle. It’ll keep you more alert and allow you to breathe easier, as well as giving the impression you’re in control.
Let your personality shine through. Don’t worry about remembering your prepared answers word-for-word. With practice, you should be able to improvise a little and respond in a way that shows the real you. Remember, the interview is a two-way process and is your chance to find out if the job is right for you too, so ask questions to show how enthusiastic and engaged you are.
And that’s it! We hope that helps you to gain some confidence and know how to make a really great, authentic impression when you’re asked to interview.