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I find interviews pretty stressful.
Tips for getting through this?
Good luck :)
I know I may seem reckless, a risk taker and a loose cannon. But godammit I get results
or bang your fist on one of the interviewers legs. At some stage in the interview they're gonna want to test your strength anyway (lifting weights, picking up chairs) so you might as well save them time from having to go through this stage by showing you can hit a man hard. Or woman (shows you're not sexist).
In through your nose, out through your mouth. Nice and loud so you know you're doing it right. Breathe normally again once it's over.
Mind you, I'm still looking for a job and I got that piece of advice from Heather Graham in an episode of Scrubs, so I wouldn't exactly take it as Gospel truth.
and snort derisively even when they ask you how you are. When you have a sip of tea, tut at its quality.
It's all plain sailing from there.
then pop round the corner for a coffee.
Arrive 7 minutes before the interview time.
Have a chat to the receptionist to calm nerves, while you wait for them to come and greet you. Will also get you used to talking (its a bit weird if you haven't said anything to anyone for a couple of hours, and you suddenly have to start a conversation with a stranger).
Is that why I'm still unemployed?
Was constantly reminding myself that I did know how to answer questions, even if I didn't necessarily know the right/best answers.
So when they ask the questions:
1) Listen to them and don't start thinking of your response until they've finished.
2)Pause for five seconds and remind yourself that, if you'd been asked the same thing in the pub yesterday, you would have been able give an answer without panicking. Five seconds will seem like an ice age, but to them you will look like a sensible thinker type.
3) Talk slowly and pause at the end of each point.
4) Know when to quit - if you make your best point and you think you've said enough, stop there, smile at the asker and hopefully they will move on. If they are interested to know more, or they think you've not covered something they will ask. I know I have destroyed good answers by putting 50% waffle on the end.
Also, there are good interviewers and bad interviewers and weird interviewers, so don't get phased if it feels like they're being difficult or hostile - for some of them that's the default setting. The first round of my last interviews I thought the guy thought I was an absolute chancer, but in actual fact he liked me and was trying to help me out by being honest about the job.
i) Decide what you're going to do with your hands. Either under or over the desk and keep them there. I once found myself destroy a Biro in front of a panel because I wasn't paying attention.
ii) Obviously look at the asker, but don't forget to bob between eye contact with the rest of them. This can be a handy thing to do to mark the pauses between your point and the end of your answer.
iii) I've already said it, but for god's sake make an effort to talk slowly. It might feel a bit unnatural, but it's much better than the alternative fate of gabbling like a twat.
no revelations, but a dead good summary of the whole ballgame.
Do not take slices of bread into the room and offer them to the interviewer.
Do not refer to the interviewer as 'Chuckles'.
Try not to wear a cape. If you find you are accidentally wearing a cape, just be honest and tell the interviewer 'I am wearing a cape'.
A comedy bow-tie can be a useful way of putting the interviewer at ease. Perhaps also try telling a couple of bawdy jokes and ask if the interviewer would like to 'pull your finger'. If they accept, release rectal gas into the room.
I got the job. Can't argue with facts like that.
ask them if they have any concerns. This way, if they do you can address them there and then. This is killer advice.
Am gonna play Hell Hath No Fury on the walk massively loudly. I am bound for glory.
I've got an interview in 30 minutes! Thought I'd come in here for some last minute pointers.
Gona read through my notes this afternoon. I'm starting to get really nervous.
Major good luck to you mate.