Many jobseekers experience extreme anxiety and fear prior to interviews, which can cause normally strong candidates to freeze when asked even the simplest questions.
What can you do to to help overcome this fear?
Tip 1: Preparation is key
Be prepared for the obvious questions such as “tell me about yourself?” and “Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?” Rehearse thee questions and answers in mock interviews with your support network. In theory the more you are prepared, the less fear you will experience.
Tip 2: Know what is to come
Ask who will be interviewing you. Ask about the interview process. Ask what is expected in Round 2 and Round 3 interviews.
Knowledge is power and the more you know about the interview process, the more in control you should feel.
Tip 3: Fully prepare questions
Interviews are a two-way communication process and not a one sided interrogation. It is essential to prepare good insightful question for the end of the interview, when you re given the opportunity to ask the interviewer a few questions. Remember this when answering challenging interview questions, that interviews are a two- way communication process that will allow you the opportunity to put your interviewer under the spotlight also.
The interview fear is a normal reaction to what can be a very stressful situation. However, with careful planning, preparation and practice combined with asking the right questions, this fear can be greatly alleviated