Are your nerves getting the better of you?

Whether you are the interviewer or interviewee on the day of an interview nerves will always come into the mix and can affect your performance.

Whether you are the interviewer or interviewee on the day of an interview nerves will always come into the mix and can affect your performance.


Interviewers

So often over looked, the nerves of the interviewer can dramatically influence the success of an interview. Whether it be the first time you’ve conducted an interview or maybe you have not been trained/trained properly on how to conduct an interview can have a dramatic effect on the outcome.


Here’s a few tips on reducing your nerves when conducting an interview:


• Be prepared – Maybe the most important factor when conducting an interview is that you know who you are interviewing and for what role. What information do you need to know from the candidate and what questions will you need to ask to get that information. Know the requirements of the job so you know if what the candidate is telling you is relevant.

• Ask for advice – If it’s your first time conducting an interview or if you are not confident on all aspects of the role you are interviewing for don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Asking questions and making sure you are prepared will not only make you more confident going into the interview but will showcase that you take the role you have been given seriously.

• Silence isn’t always bad – Acknowledge that silence can be an important aspect within any interview; this not only allows the candidate to gather their thoughts, it allows you to gather yours. Having that time will allow you ensure that you have approached all the essential criteria and focus upon the fundamental elements of the interview.


Don’t forget how influential you as the interviewer can be on reducing the nerves of the interviewee


• Be encouraging – make eye contact and offer a reassuring smile
• Don’t put them under pressure – don’t not the blind them with difficult unnecessary questions that are not related to the job
• Don’t be judgemental – first impressions are important but don’t make your decision about a candidate before the interview has even started


Getting to know the individual is crucial in deciding whether or not they will be successful in the role and how they will fit into your existing teams.


Interviewees


Most candidates going for a job interview will feel nervous leading up to an important job interview and it’s essential to not let those nerves distract you away from showcasing your talent and landing your dream job.


Here’s a few tips on how to lessen the hold of those nerves:


• Be prepared – Nothing is more important! Know the role – what position have you applied for and what will this entail. Know the company – what service/product do they provide as a whole and how big is the company. The location – where is the interview based, do you know where the venue is, which route to take and how long it will take you to get there? Practice your interview skills – make sure you are area of what they might ask and how you can best answer these questions. A night before rush will only increase your stress levels rather than focusing on going in and giving it your best.

• Relaxation techniques – It is so easy to let your nerves take over and forget everything you have learned leading up to interview. Take time to practice relaxation breathing techniques. Controlling your breathing will help you to stay focused, reduce your anxiety levels and ensure your voice stays calms and clear.

• Remember the company needs to sell themselves too – We often forget that the company needs showcase themselves as a company worth working for and even though you may need/want the job make sure the company has the same values as you.
Prepare a list of questions that you would like answered. Remember that this is your opportunity to interview the company as much as for them to interview you- it’s a two way street at this stage!