Stage-fright is a recognised syndrome. Some people break out in spots, rashes, cold-sweats, hot-flushes, itchy palms, dry-mouth, shortness of breath, dizzyness…no it’s not a heart-attack, it’s just stage-fright…yes, but all that personal drama, coupled with the stress of trying to perform well in your job interview, well it’s the perfect storm, isn’t it? Screwed before you start, before you even put your hand on the door-knob, you are KO’d outa the ring…may as well throw in the towel, the sponge, the stool and the spare gum-shield, we’re done here…stick a knife in me, cooked!
It doesn’t have to be like that. There are lots of little things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and the causes of interview-stage-fright and put yourself at ease, so that you give yourself a fighting chance when you walk into the room and meet the interviewer.
Behind the scenes at ICanWork4U there is a motley crew of guys and gals who in their collective 100+ years of experience in the workplace have probably done well over a hundred interviews, most of which they were not successful at. They have also sat on the other side of the table and interviewed another hundred or so job-seekers, some of whom were hired, but most were not. From all that ‘sweating’, we have a collective wealth of experience of interviewing or being interviewed to share. In the coming months we will be posting as many tips as we can remember on the http://www.icanwork4u.com Blog, to try to help you to prepare for your next interview and avoid the costly and sometimes embarrassing mistakes that we ourselves have made, or witnessed being made at interviews.
Tip #1 WWW
WWW. That’s not the World Wide Web, nor even Wet Wet Wet, no, the mnemonic WWW stands for Where, When, What, oh, and for Who, Why and Which too!!
Where is the Interview? Sounds easy, but have you any clue how to get there? You travelling by bus or train? Wheres the nearest stop, how long a walk to the building? You driving? Is there parking? Are there road-works? Do a dry run, check how to get there, where to park, how long it takes, then set your alarm and be 15 minutes early. Bring a paper to read…no, not a red-top, a proper newspaper.
When is the Interview? Dates have an uncanny habit of being a day out, Thursday the 5th, may actually be Wednesday the 5th or Thursday the 6th. Better check it and be sure. Put it in your mobile as an alert or alarm. Time. Time and tide waits for no man, or woman. 3pm is 2.45pm, not 3.02pm. Allow time to get there, (see Where, above) and time to have a pee and a face-pat before you go in, brush the hair, check the tie, and …yes, mop the sweat. Breathe!
What? It sounds so obvious, what job, what company, what salary? What what what? Go and take an hour out to research this, the day or two before your interview. Look up the company who are offering the job. Google recent news articles on the company and read them, don’t just scan the headlines. Familiarise yourself with the name of the CEO, research their industry sector, or their last project. An hours prep on the company and many of the answers to the questions you will face at interview will be obvious to you.
WWW, well it stands for Who, Why and Which too!.
Who is the interviewer, is it a she or a he, Google them and Linkedin them, get to know a little about them, view their photo and quickly view their background. It may be useful.
Why do you want this job? You need to be hungry and confident, focused and prepared. The interviewer will know that much about you in seconds. Do you really want this job? If you do, well that’s why you are reading this eh!
Which suit to wear? Which would you prefer, to be hired by the company or just go through the motions? If it’s the latter, do yourself and them a favour, phone them up now and apologise for wasting their time. If it’s the former, then get your suit dry-cleaned, iron your shirt, polish your shoes and homework done…on the job, on the company, on the industry sector, and on you.
There is one more W. Stands for Whoopee…That’s what you shout when you ace that interview..’cause you prepared!
Next Tip; How to get to Carnegie Hall, or land the Job you want…. Practice Practice Practice!