I was recently talking with a friend who has been doing some job hunting. She is a recruiters dream. Smart, funny, articulate, asks great questions-except for one self-admitted issue. She hates in person interviews, and apparently it shows.
In talking with her about this, I realized there are a couple of quick tips that can help her-and hopefully some of you- get past interview anxiety.
First, do your homework. Always research the company, their products, their financials, and the interview team. Write yourself detailed notes-many adult learners retain knowledge better when they write thongs down in their own language. Have someone quiz you on the high points. The in-person interview loop is the final exam of your job search; prepare accordingly.
I also recommend preparing by doing a couple of practice interviews and videotaping them. This is a painful process-I don’t know anyone who enjoys watching themselves (or hearing their voice) on video. Buy it is very instructive: you learn what words you overuse, or nervous habits you weren’t aware you had (I play with the ring on my left hand, for instance-and was totally unaware I do so).
Finally, always remember this isn’t just about YOU impressing THEM. this interview is equally as much about you being a smart comparison shopper; you need to invest as much research and scrutiny into making your career decision as you would buying a new car. (I realize this seems like a silly comparison, but it never fails to amaze me how much time someone will spend buying a car, and yet they will invest zero time or energy in performing any due diligence about their next career move.)
Let me put it this way: You are a company of one person and another company is looking to acquire you. If there were Millions of dollars at stake, how much due diligence do you think that company would perform on you? Don’t you think you should do the same?
If you approach an interview with this mentality, and know what questions to ask because you performed your own due diligence, you will be much less likely to be nervous-because this is your time as much as theirs.