How to deal with job interview pressure

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Farhan Raja, founder of Job Interviewology, shares his interview advice.

Is the prospect of another job interview keeping you up at night? The third sector can be a tough industry to get into, whether it be a charity or another non-profit organisation that you’re applying for. Even if this is your second, third, or fourth job, you may be having some doubts about your interview performance.

Being able to handle the pressure on the big occasion is absolutely paramount. So here I’ve put together three effective techniques which you can apply to help ease that unwanted anxiety.

The job doesn’t deserve to be put on a pedestal 

Sometimes you want to succeed so much that you end up putting unwanted pressure on yourself. Suddenly, when the spotlight is on you, instead of shining you freeze! And the occasion gets to you.

So how do you stop putting the job on a pedestal so that it doesn’t impact your performance? Well you have to continually remind yourself of two important things:

Know that your world isn’t going to fall apart if you don’t get the job. There are going to be other opportunities around the corner, this just being one of them.

That you are an amazing candidate whatever the outcome. If you’re not successful, it’s their loss.

This mindset will allow you to reduce the amount of pressure that you put on yourself so that it doesn’t hinder your performance.


Dream of success

Sit in your chair, close your eyes and picture yourself absolutely acing your interview! You’re answering the questions such as "why do you want to work for us?" and "tell me about yourself" with confidence and charisma (the way you’ve always wanted to).  

Research has shown a direct correlation between visualisation and enhanced sports performance. On top of that, many sports stars such as Wayne Rooney, Michael Phelps and Novak Djokovic have been renowned for visualising prior to their sporting event . Rooney famously said: "You’re trying to put yourself in that moment and trying to prepare yourself, to have a ‘memory’ before the game."

I teach the same methods to my clients and one thing I can say is that it works! Ensure that you visualise your interview both in the first and the third person, and you’ll find that when it’s time for the interview you’re able to execute your answers with far more confidence and charisma.


The mini mock interview

The interview is a performance and by physically going through the motions and mimicking how it would be like, you will ensure that when you do enter the interview room your body and are mind are acclimatised to what is to come. 

We do it in other facets in our lives, such as mock driving tests and mock papers before a big exam. Jonny Wilkinson, the English Rugby legend, would practise for hours, mimicking real match situations, so that when the moment came his body and mind were able to deal with the pressure.

For you it’s simple, sit in a chair, in front the mirror and start giving yourself an interview. Ask yourself the question: "Tell me about  yourself" or "why do you want to work for us?" Answer the questions out loud as if you’re in the interview. You’ll find that on the day of the interview you’re able to deal with the pressure and deliver your answers with far more confidence and fluidity.

Job Interviewology provides specialist one-to-one interview coaching, courses and careers-related services. Whether you are an experienced third sector professional or a graduate, interview coaching can help you become the strongest version of yourself and empower you to achieve your career goals and ambitions. 

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