When you see the word interview, what is your initial reaction? If it’s feelings of dread, anxiety and nerves, then good news - you’re human! It’s normal to feel nervous, you’re doing something new and outside your comfort zone. When your nerves lead to stress, and your fight or flight instincts kick in, you can combat interview stress through quality planning and researching.
As my GCSE English teacher always said: fail to plan, then plan to fail.
According to Indeed, you should spend 5 - 10 hours researching for an interview. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a LOT… This advice is too general. Yes for SOME interviews you should spend a lengthy amount of time researching, but let's be realistic.
If you’re the average job hunter, you’re likely already working full time, have several interviews or applications on the go, and trying to also balance your home life. If you spent 10 hours researching for each interview, and you had several applications on the go as many job searchers do, your other priorities and commitments will suffer. Worse yet, consume so much caffeine that you end up in a Will McKenzie exam situation from The Inbetweeners… not ideal.
If you want to dedicate 10 hours to interview prep and research, by all means go ahead! But if this seems impossible, here are some tips to interview prep efficiently and effectively in a shorter period of time.
The most important piece of advice that I can share with you is that interviewing is a two way street. You are interviewing them as a potential employer, as much as they are interviewing you as a potential employee. If you have been invited in for an interview, it’s because they like YOU and are interested in YOU. Remember, your interviewer’s are human too! They’re not perfect and don’t expect you to be either .Be yourself, and go into the interview with the aim of making a new contact, and furthering your experience.
Written by Phoebe Blair
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