Avoiding Interview Disasters

You enter the office ready for your interview, looking the boss up and down with a slight cocky grin. He looks back aghast, by the Adonis that just entered.

You shake his hand, slightly hurting him so he remembers what you are – his most prized asset – from now on anyway.

As he asks the first question nervously:

So why is it you want to work for us?’

You laugh internally, and with another grin, you attempt an answer…

‘…

Erm

…’

You can’t speak.

Suddenly you forget where you are and why you’re there. With a simple sentence, you are disabled.

You buy time by drinking water, but the more eye contact you make the more you make it known that you’re stuck. He waits patiently.

‘I really like what you guys are – erm… doing here, with the website and stuff, I think I could add a lot too…’

The interviewer stares at you. Like a lost child in a jungle. They wonder how you got this far.

You pause, thank them for their time and let yourself out.

The following week you replay the awful experience in your head. Anxious about your future. Stressed about the past.

How do you avoid this?

That anxiety that makes the most confident of people weak, and leaves you stuttering and murmuring at the simplest of questions.

There must be an easier way, right?

Prepare.

There’s a tendency for a lot of applicants to not be well informed before interviews.

It’s understandable when applying on the likes of Indeed, Monster or Totaljobs etc – it doesn’t invite much homework: just a simple click to send the CV and off you scroll to the next one.

Like shopping on ASOS.

it’s vital that as soon as you receive news of the interview confirmation, you have to do your due diligence.

Find the company website, the job specifications and the overall vibe of the place.

Understand what it is you’re getting into. Knowing this information can allow you to formulate real answers during the questioning.

Be Punctual.

There’s a certain respect you have to show in interviews, and rightly so – this is a door to a career option, so treat it that way.

Arrive early, dressed accordingly.

Take no risks with this, because the more you minimize risks the better. As shallow as it is; first impressions are important, so ensure it‘s the right one.

Be Yourself.

All your life, you are indoctrinated into thinking the interviewers are robots.

There are schools of thought about the jargon you should use, the way you behave, even the way you are postured.

Schools, sixth forms and universities all implore that you are so professional it hurts, and they have to hire you because you never said anything negative about yourself, or you used the word ‘enthusiastic’ 17 times.

But this isn’t the case, employers want to see you’re the right fit just as much as your experience, so be yourself, and know if it’s not enough – it’s not your fault.

The thing more important than a career however is your mental health, as anxious as you might be about the job you really want – there’s a lot you can’t control.

So, don’t worry about that, and most importantly know that there will be another option out there, so keep trying, you’ll get there in the end.

Thank you Chris, for sharing your blog with us! See more of his blog posts here – https://www.chriskalogritsas.co.uk/blogs

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