Interviews can be nerve-wracking and can often fill candidates with fear and dread. The best way to calm your nerves before an interview is to be well prepared. This means taking time to prepare answers to common interview questions, researching the company, and being well-groomed to present a good image.
If you didn't research the company before you applied, you had better research them before attending an interview. Whilst it's not important to be an expert on the company, if you know little or nothing about them, it will reflect poorly on you during the interview. You should know something about the products and services they provide as well as a brief overview of their history.
You should also find out in advance where the interviews are taking place and work out a route to get there. Tardiness for an interview will have a strong negative impact on your chances of getting the job. You should aim to arrive around 5 minutes before the interview is scheduled to take place. When you arrive, switch off your mobile phone and take a breath mint to freshen up. You can ask for a glass of water to help clear your throat and steady your nerves. Take a spare copy of your CV.
Confidence is one the most important traits to creating a positive impression. Smile, be courteous and address the interviewers by name whenever possible. Always remember, something in your CV or job application impressed the employer enough for them to ask you to attend an interview. This is no small thing considering the volume of applications most employers receive. Therefore, you have already made a positive impression on them. Your task at the interview is to allow the employer to learn more about you and to see if they like your personality. This is hard to do if you clam up with nerves.
After your interview, write to the employer and thank them for their time in seeing you. This is a courteous thing to do and will also confirm to the employer that you are still interested in the position. Sometimes you might need to check a fact or clarify a point raised during the interview. You can use the follow-up letter to relay this information to them.
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