Ditch those interview nerves with our top tips
Butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms, racing heart – just some of the symptoms we all go
through with job interview nerves.
Hiding these emotions is tough, but in a competitive job market, the need to ooze confidence and
have a ‘game face’ have never been more important.
A nervous interview can potentially put paid to getting the job – and we all know how difficult it can
be to get an interview in the first place. Grosvenor Casinos recently revealed that for every 27 job
applications only one was interviewed.
Therefore, it is not enough to just look the part in a snazzy outfit and dazzling shoes, you also have
come across impeccably.
If you want to land that role, then you need to bring those nerves under control and treat the
interview as a performance, where you have not only brushed up on your potential answers, but
have the right body language, that will also keep those nerves in check.
Here are some pointers to give you the edge when it comes to interview day.
This is the first real indication of your confidence and building rapport with your interviewer.
Handshakes are an important part of the interview, as this your opportunity to make first
impression. Make it a firm handshake – not a vice like grip and not weak. Add a smile and definitely
make eye contact (see below).
Posture and body actions
Your interviewer will spot this as they approach you, and it doesn’t matter whether you are sitting,
walking or standing. Quite simply DON’T SLOUCH. Sit upright and shoulders back to give an air of
confidence – maintain this throughout the interview.
Avoid crossing your legs throughout the interview, as this is a potential sign of fidgeting. Also avoid
crossing your arms, as this is defensive and doesn’t show confidence. Instead, if you use your hands
in conversation naturally, then do the same here but avoid excessive movement as they can be
This so important. Confident candidates can do this naturally. Hold the gaze of your interviewer and
be interested in what they are saying. Don’t turn it into a staring contest, this comes across as
aggressive, and don’t look down at the ground, an obvious sign of nerves. Avoiding eye contact is a
total non-starter as it comes across as untrustworthy.
Use your head
How you hold your head is something recruiters look for. Keep head upright and actively use it (like
your hands) to show interest by nods that acknowledge the interviewer and give off positive signals.
Stop the habits
Whether it’s chewing your nails, twiddling your hair, tapping your foot or cracking your knuckles –
while they might help you, they are 100 per cent tell tale signs of nervousness. They distract your
interviewer and paint you in a bad light. Avoid!
We all know when we panic, we tend to speak faster and our breathing just loses any sense of
rhythm. Learn to control your breathing pattern and keep it smooth and regular during an interview.
Longer breaths will ensure more oxygen intake, which helps the brain think straight.
If you want advice on how to master your next job interview, then we’re here to help.
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