There are many practical words written about attending a job interview so it’s not hard to find out what you should and should not do.
I would like to focus on what is going on in your head when you are given the opportunity to present yourself for a new position.
I get it – you’re nervous and you want to make a good impression, but you should begin your thinking by patting yourself on the back, as not every candidate is offered the chance to prove themselves in front of the client. Therefore your CV must have shown them something that peaked their interest.
You are already ahead of most of the pack.
If this is a job that is important for you then preparation is key. You don’t want to be caught without the answer to any questions and you want to be able to give examples wherever possible as this shows proven experience when you can put yourself in a real life representation.
You need to imagine yourself in the job. Once you have done your research of the company you should think what you would do in certain situations and imagine yourself actually doing the tasks.
Dressing appropriately is always a must, but not only for the message that you give the client but for the way you feel when you walk in the door. If you dress correctly you will feel more empowered and that will come across in how well you sell yourself. For that is what you are doing in an interview.
Think about all the reasons why you should be given the job and state them at the end of the interview. You need to be convinced yourself that this is your job so go out and take it.
Confidence is the key and the mental preparation you do beforehand will always pay dividends.
Some things you may want to ask yourself before your interview to help you mentally prepare.
What is your motivation for leaving your current job? Why do you want this job? There is nothing worse than self-doubts in the middle of your efforts
Be yourself everyone else is taken.
Don’t be something that you’re not. Be honest, be definite and believe in yourself.
There is nothing worse than walking into an interview feeling low or down on energy. Get a good night’s sleep the night before and have your travel plans well laid out so you arrive feeling rested and energised and at the top of your game.
And finally a quote from Napolean himself
“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in”