Whether you’ve been out of work for a while, or simply moving from one job to another, the idea of having to sell yourself can seem very daunting to some. This can affect even the most qualified candidates, regardless of profession.
As well as being nervous, other things can potentially go wrong; not dressing your best, committing a driving offence, lack of sleep etc. However, there are certain measures you can take to ensure the experience is as smooth as can be. Here are three steps to a more relaxed job interview.
Step 1 – Visit the location before the actual interview.
This will ensure you know the route, and therefore, one less thing on your mind. Decide how you are going to travel there. Even if it is within walking distance, consider how you’d get there if you had to use transport, for example, if the weather was very bad.
If you will be using public transport, check out the timetable of trains or buses, then test it. If the train or bus was 5 minutes late, take that into account when travelling for your interview. Allow time to walk from the station to destination. Aim to arrive early and sit in the waiting room.
If you’re driving, make sure you’re aware of any road diversions or blockages. Again, aim to arrive early, and allow time to park your car. Unlike on public transport, if you think you’re running late, you’ll go faster, because you’ll be able to. If you do not allow for unforeseen circumstances on the road, you will risk committing a driving offence before you even arrive at your destination.
Step 2 – Choose your outfit.
If you’re simply moving from one job directly onto another, you can do it the night before. If you’ve been out of work for a while, do it a week before. Why? So you have time to launder your current smart clothes, or even buy some new items if necessary. If you’ve been out of work for a month or more, you may have put weight on since you last had to dress smart. And ill fitting clothes will make you feel physically uncomfortable when you are already nervous.
Step 3 – Plan a relaxed evening the night before.
You’d be surprised what a difference this can make. If you can appreciate the benefits of a good nights sleep, you’ll understand the benefits of a relaxed evening the night before an important day. Of course avoid going out drinking alcohol – it will remain in your system for up to 16 hours and you could still be caught for drink driving even in the morning, and of course you don’t want a hangover for your interview! We don’t just mean avoid big parties, but any stressful situation that leaves you mentally stimulated when you go to bed.
If you are relaxed in the evening, you’ll not have any pressing issues on your mind at bedtime, which will ensure a peaceful night’s sleep.
Everyone will have their individual way of calming their nerves, but these steps will ensure you are less likely to commit a speeding offence, are better dressed, and more refreshed on the day. A better you for your interview.