There are several stories, tips and guides on how to survive an interview. I have gone across articles on how you are supposed to dress when you walk into the meeting room, how to shake the hand of the interviewer, how you are supposed to answer the questions, and which questions you should already be prepared for.
Everyone is nervous during an interview. The thing is, for a candidate, the interview would feel like a make or break. Candidates would have several things going through their mind.
Let me share what I felt:
- I felt really cold. – Either the room is cold or my hands just can’t take the pressure.
- I felt hot. – It’s cold! Why am I sweating?!
- Mental block. – When the interviewer asks the question, I know the right answer. Why am I saying the wrong things? Oh, no! I’m stuttering as well!
- Aftershock. – I want to do the interview again
- Conscious about every move I make. – I said the wrong thing. Oh no, does he think that I’m awkward. Goodness, he’s definitely not going to hire me if I’m such a spaz. Now I’m talking too fast. Ugh, forget it.
What candidates do not know is that sometimes, interviewers are nervous. I am a perfect example of a nervous interviewer. Up until today, I still have those times wherein I am also nervous… I am pretty sure those who are conducting phone interviews now, have once felt the same way (especially during mock PIs, when it is not a real candidate, but a confident, well experienced manager).
How to overcome:
- Do not be too nervous. Like when our trainers usually say: You are the interviewer. You are making the decision. The candidate is the one looking for a job.
- Dress well. I’m not sure if this works for everyone, but dressing well gives me the confidence to act like professional who has been doing these for years. Dress like a pro, feel like a pro.
- Do not be too professional. This is a tip I got from my boss. You are helping them find a job. You are their friend. You are not a robot that will eat them whole. They are nervous, so you don’t need to make them feel worse.
- Ask them if they have any questions. As much as it helps you to hire someone, you want to make sure that the venture is something that is also a good career step for your candidate. You don’t just place them and the leave them alone. You guide them. Own up to that.
- Make sure you are prepared to answer any questions the candidate might have. If you don’t have it, tell them that you will look into it and then get back to them on it (or that it will be discussed during the next phase of their application, if selected).
- Relax, and make sure you take down anything important.
So there you have it! Just a few thoughts from me. Let me know how your interview went, and feel free to get in touch with me if you need more advice.