How to not to be an interview disaster

Job interviews can scare the toughest of people. Some people excel at them and others fear them more than death. A lot of how you feel about interviews comes from your past experience and also your confidence in these situations. If you are not confident in interviews or feel like one is not going well then some of these tips can help you avert disaster and keep you feeling confident about having a good interview.

Be prepared

Sounds simple but many people just don’t prepare for interviews then wonder why they didn’t go well. If you are prepared then you will be more confident. A few ways you can get prepared are:

  • Consider what questions they will ask and how to answer them
  • Do a mock interview with a friend or your partner
  • Gather as much as information about the role and company as you can
  • Research the industry

DO NOT be late

Make every effort you can to get to your interview early so you can have time to breath, get mentally prepared and take in your surroundings. When are you running late you feel stressed and out of control which is never a good way to start an interview.

If you are running late due to something out of your control like extremely bad traffic or train delays, then phone them to tell them you will be late and apologize for this as it impacts their day also. Common courtesy goes a long way.

Keep it simple

Review the basics to show you have a solid foundation in your industry. Are you up to date with recent news and changes? Do you understand processes to commit various tasks? Is it clear you understand the role and what it involves? Make it clear you know your stuff and then anything else is a bonus

 Common outcomes

Interviewers are not trying to trick you. There is a common outcome you both share. They want to find the best person for the role and you want to show them you are the best person for the role. If they do ask a question you aren’t expecting, listen carefully to it, clarify any questions, and answer truthfully. If you are not confident on the answer be honest and say you aren’t 100% sure but this is what you know and you are happy to find out and learn where you need to.  Answer the question as succinctly as you can.

Look at non-verbal cues

Non-verbal cues can tell you so much about how an interview is progressing. Things like eye contact, yawning or them doing other things rather than just listening to you are all non-verbal cues that are not engaging with you. If this happens change direction or perhaps even ask some questions to confirm you are answering their questions correctly or asking them to help you understand the type of information they are looking for. You might be the one that puts the interviewer at ease by changing your communication strategy and listen to their concerns.


Ask questions

Asking questions shows you are interested, inquisitive and keen to know more. Don’t go overboard and drill them but don’t be afraid to ask them to rephrase a question, clarify or check you have given them the answer or detail they required. It’s OK to ask them specific questions about the role and company to make the most of the time you have in front of them to make an impression.

Breathe and smile

If you are nervous, which many people are in an interview situation, then take some deep breaths before doing your interview to help calm your nerves. I’d also suggest having coffee or energy drinks beforehand as these can make your heart race and make it hard to stay calm.

Smiling is a simple and very easy thing to do to change your mood and mindset. Smile at the receptionist, people waiting in the room and the interviewers. It will help put you and them at ease if you seem happy and calm. As they are talking, control your breathing and don’t be afraid to pause to collect your thoughts before you start to speak.  Remember this even for phone interviews as it’s proven to enhance communication.

Take the time, be prepared and you avoid interview disaster every time!

Published by: Admin Officer on Feb 14, 2018