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8 Tips for Staying Calm During a Job Interview

8 Tips for Staying Calm During a Job InterviewThe thought of an interview is often a daunting one. If you remain cool and calm during an interview, you will project an air of confidence which is attractive to a potential employer. You will also demonstrate that you can remain calm when stressful situations arise in the course of your work. To stop nerves getting the better of you, here are some tips to secure that coveted job: Be Prepared Know the job you are interviewing for, review the job description and understand what you can bring to the role. Research the company, their products/services and their competitors. Go onto their website and use LinkedIn to learn about the person who is interviewing you. Practice The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Don’t memorize exact answers to likely interview questions, but do have points prepared of what you want to say to a potential employer. Think about why you want the job and what makes you a great candidate for it.  If you can, do a mock interview with a friend. Nerves tend to make us speak very quickly so try and watch out for that during the mock interview. Arrive Early and Relax Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the interview; you don’t want to give a bad impression by being late. Try to arrive early to give yourself time to gather your thoughts and take a few deep breaths. Think positively and be confident You have already been short listed for interview so the company obviously thinks you can do the job. Focus on your strengths and this will help calm your nerves. Posture Your voice naturally projects better if you are sitting up straight. If you experience fidgety or shaky hands, then clasp then and place them on your lap. Breathe and take your time When we are relaxed, we think more clearly. Take some deep breaths. Don’t rush into answering a question. Take time to formulate your thoughts and deliver a well thought out answer. Be yourself Try not to sound too rehearsed as if you have practised each question to death. Let the potential employer see a little of your personality, that can often make you stand out from the other candidates. Remember there are other jobs out there Try and enjoy the interview and be proud of your achievements. You’re already on the shortlist as you have been selected for interview. If you don’t get the job offer, don’t despair, there are other opportunities out there. Use this as a practice run for the next job!   Aideen Cummins Principal Recruitment Consultant Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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Interviews – Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

  When it comes to preparing for an interview, you must consider all aspects of your CV and the job in question before you face the interview panel. Preparation is the key to success. It is natural to view job interviews as a daunting prospect when so much can be at stake. However, with the right attitude and preparation, an interview can be a positive experience for all concerned – and result in a job offer! Here are some tips to make sure you are prepared – Do Your Research – Always make sure you have looked at the company’s website in detail. Research the organisation and have a good understanding of what they do, their products etc. as this is very important to demonstrate your interest in the company. The Job Spec – Be able to look through each point of the job description and be able to demonstrate your experience.  I would recommend you go through the job spec highlighting areas you are familiar with and writing alongside examples of where you have carried this out to date. By giving real working examples of your experience this will demonstrate why you are the best person for the job. Your CV – It is important to know your CV inside out, your education to date, career to date and reasons for leaving certain roles. It is also important to be able to explain any gaps that appear in your CV. Arrive on time – There is nothing worse than being late for an interview. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes beforehand. Plan ahead by making sure you have good...

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The Art of Interview Body Language

Making an Entrance The interview begins the second you are on the company’s premises. You don’t know who could be in the car park with you, looking at you from a window or walking up the stairs next to you. Your body language should tell anyone who might be watching that you’re confident and calm. It’s not the time to be frantically searching through your portfolio for documents or sprinting up stairs. First Impressions Hiring managers often ask receptionists for their take on people who come to the office for interviews, so again appear calm and confident. Greet the receptionist in a friendly yet professional manner, knowing the full name of who you are meeting. While waiting, don’t hunch your shoulders or tuck your chin into your chest, which will make you seem closed off. Sit with your back straight and your chest open — signs that you’re confident and assertive. But don’t take this to the extreme elongating your legs or throwing your arm across the back of the chair which can make you appear too comfortable, even arrogant. Don’t have too much stuff with you so that you’re clumsily moving everything aside when you’re called. You want to rise gracefully, without dropping things, so you can smoothly greet the person coming to get you. No Wet Fishes Please Job interviews mean handshakes — so what are the secrets to the perfect handshake? Well nobody wants to be greeted by a limp, wet, handshake that feels like you are holding a fish, so keep your palms exposed when waiting in reception and practice a firm handshake with a friend...

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