Confidence. We’re all born with it. It’s what gives us the ability to grow, learn and develop – just watch any baby trying to walk – they don’t give up even when they keep falling.
But confidence can drain as we get older – through setbacks, failures and disappointments. It’s easy to lose your mojo.
As a recruiter, you know that building assurance and resilience will result in success, but even the best recruiters can have a wobble in confidence when facing their own interview!
You know what needs to be done to prepare well, but how good are you at following your own advice?
We’ve put together some tips to reinforce the best prep for interview so that on the day you’ll be positive and nail that job!
Do Your Homework
Prepare what you’re going to say in advance. Look at the essential skills of the job spec and think about your response to each; how you can demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Refer to your experience and list any particular billings you are particularly proud of.
Write down your answers to questions you think you are likely to be asked, and then rehearse them out loud. Ideally with a friend or family member playing the part of the interviewer, but it’s fine to do this in a mirror!
You may feel a bit foolish but speaking out loud will not only help you formulate the best way to get your point across; it will enable you to see just how long it takes to say in real-time.
Remember to speak reasonably slowly; the tendency to gabble engulfs us when we are nervous. You want to appear in control, and by learning and practising what you are going to say, you will take away some of that nervousness on the day.
Take a Cheat Sheet
This is one of the best bits of advice I received when job hunting. Use your phones notes app to list all the essential things about the recruitment job.
So, the address and a contact number, the interviewer‘s name and interview time. Then add three or four main points you want to make at the interview, a brief answer to questions you think you might be asked (especially the “why should we hire you” question) and anything else that you think you might need.
Then on the day, you can take your phone out just before the interview and have all the information to hand for last-minute revision – allowing you to walk into the interview with confidence.
Embrace Your Anxiety
An excellent confidence technique is to “make friends” with your anxiety, says mindfulness teacher Charlie Morley. Acknowledging its presence, but not letting it dominate you, is the key to managing anxiety successfully.
Try channelling all that adrenaline by thinking of your nervous energy as excited energy. That way you’ll still feel charged but in a more positive way.
Breathing exercises can also help. You may want to consider doing some basic breathing exercises before you go into the interview. This exercise from the NHS is a good one to try.
Finally, picture yourself succeeding – shaking hands with the interviewer after a first-class interview, being offered the job, starting work at your new desk, smashing your first billing!
Positive thought can go a long way in addressing anxiety issues and bolstering your confidence.
Connect with Your Interviewers
Eye contact is crucial in an interview. If you don’t make eye contact, it will make you appear shifty, and the interviewer may doubt what you’re telling them – even if it’s true!
So, use plenty of eye contact while you’re talking, and be aware of your body language. Keep your feet on the floor, and don’t cross your arms, or you’ll come across as defensive. Try to maintain an open posture and don’t fidget!
Finally, smile. It’s a fact that smiling will make you feel more confident.
Listen to Them
Excellent listening skills are crucial to a successful interview.
Don’t rack your brains for your next question while the interviewer is talking or responding to your last question.
It’s essential to listen to what’s being said. Don’t assume you know what they are going to say, and don’t interrupt.
Make sure you answer their questions thoughtfully. It‘s fine to take a few moments to think about your answer – it shows you have listened carefully to what the interviewer is saying and are putting genuine consideration into your response.
Interview the Interviewer
Remember, the interview is as much about you assessing your interviewer and deciding if the job is right for you. Grilling the interviewer turns the tables and will empower you!
Ok, maybe not grilling exactly, but asking questions will put you in the ‘driving seat’ and enable you to show you’ve researched the company and have a genuine interest in them.
So, when they ask if you have any questions, never say no!
Even if they’ve already answered the ones you thought of asking, there are always more to think about, so have a few up your sleeve. Showing curiosity about the company demonstrates you’re keen and creates a great impression. It will also enable you to decide if the job really is the one for you.
Check out these great interview questions to ask.
Know Why You Want the Job
This is the question that is asked at just about every interview, and it‘s critical to have thought about it in advance and have your response ready.
Make sure you’ve researched the company and its aspirations, and how you can play your part in achieving those goals. Think about what interests you about the job; the skills and attributes you can bring to the position.
How will you provide a good return on investment for the company? Why should they employ you over anyone else? What sets you apart from other recruiters?
Do you have your own Unique Selling Point?
A credible response is crucial here. Be honest, but don’t be afraid to sell yourself.
Remember, you got as far as an interview which is a success in itself, and the company are hoping you will be the right person for their recruitment role, so use this opportunity to let them know precisely why you are the perfect candidate.
Above all, be genuine. Follow these tips, and you will portray yourself as cool and collected in your interview.
Good luck with your job search!
Until next time