Five Ways to Ease the Interview Jitters
I'm pretty sure going on an interview is one of the most nerve racking things to go through. It's basically like a first date - I seriously had butterflies before one yesterday, just like I did before my first date with Isaac. I'm crossing my fingers that it means the possible job will lead to something amazing... Fair logic, right? Anywho, I wanted to share a few things I've learned that help me relax the interview jitters.
Be honest and authentic when you are writing your cover letter, speaking, what you wear, answering questions... everything. You spend a huge chunk of your life at a job, and you can only keep up a facade for so long before you start to feel burnt out and lost. By presenting who you truly are from the beginning you will know if this position is a good fit. If you cannot be yourself in the interview, it probably will not work further down the line.
Remember that you are interviewing them as well
An interview truly goes both ways. You have so many talents and skills to share that you must make sure the company is the right place for you. They want you for a role that provides so many benefits, and they want to make sure they have the best person to fill that role. You need to do the same as well.
Be honest about what it is you are looking for
You left your last job for a reason, so take some time to reflect on why. Maybe you want better work/life balance, a different management style or something more creative and inspiring. When you talk about what you want in a deeper sense in an interview your passion comes through and you are able to make sure this role is what you want.
Be patient and think before you speak
It is perfectly fine to pause and take a breath if you need a moment to think about an answer. I like to tell the interviewer if I find a question particularly interesting or difficult – it usually leads to a bonding moment.
Make sure you follow up
If I’m driving home after the interview and come up with an answer to a question that is brilliant I will sometimes email the interviewer afterwards if I feel the interview went well otherwise. Make sure this is something major that could completely determine if you get the job, like if asked how you would market a specific company (I couldn't think of this under pressure, so gave a few ideas and then had a brilliant one on my way home). Thank them for their time and reiterate how much you would like to work with their team. Try to follow up again in a week or two if you have not heard from, if only for your own piece of mind. They may give you some tips about what worked well and what did not, and you can take this advice into your next interview if needed.
I've got the interviewing part down, but would love if you would share some advice on dealing with the agony of waiting to hear if you got the job. If you could go ahead and do that, that would be greaaaat. (Office Space anyone?)