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The Interview… Source Talks

Source Talks. Here’s the first in our series of expert advice and tips from our consultants across the Source Team.

Pressure… we’ve all experienced it, and we all know how it can affect our performance. Too much pressure can lead us to underperform, a situation or a scenario where we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders. Not nice is it? More often than not, this happens during a job interview. After all we’re only human, and of course we all feel the pressure at times!

But why?

Interviewer and interviewee usually under-perform in interviews! The interview is a false environment, set up to fire questions and received stunted answers, that perhaps do not highlight skills or qualifications. The interview is a scenario of pressure.

Let’s be honest

1. The interview process can be daunting, uncomfortable and scary!

2. Many people don’t perform well on the day. (we are all human after all) 

3. One hour of interview questions can’t possibly reflect the qualifications, skills and experience that either interview participant has.

What are your best tips and tricks for a good interview? How do you prepare?  There’s no right or wrong answer, but here’s some suggestions:

Avoid thinking too far ahead. Just focus on the next stage in the process. Whether that’s a telephone or face to face interview. Your job at this stage is to perform and get through it. That is solely what you should focus upon. Do not focus on what this job will mean for you and your family or how important it is.

Just focus on the next stage or step in the process. Keep your mind in check. You will detach yourself from the pressure. And you’ll be able to perform. This isn’t about not caring whether you get the job. It’s about caring about the right things. And the right thing is what you need to do next.

So next time you have an interview, keep your brain in check!

Don’t let it run wild – they’ll be plenty of time for that when you get the job.

Just remember to focus on the next stage in the process. That way you won’t feel the pressure and you will perform to the best of your abilities.

A great interview is a 2-way fact-finding journey, so be open to questions from both sides. Prepare yourself and remember it’s only a process, and each process can be completed step by step.

 

By: Casper Hogh

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