The outcome of an interview can affect anyone’s career trajectory. If you lack experience, the high level of anxiety around interviewing can sabotage your chances of making a great first impression. But the good news is that interviewing is a learned skill.
By taking care of the smaller details before the interview, it will make you feel more confident and in control. Executive & Confidence Coach Maria Lynch gives some tips on how to help build your confidence for Interviews:
Prior to the Interview you want to make time for planning and preparation.
# Familiarise yourself with the job description to remind yourself of the selection criteria for the role, information about the organization so you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge and interest in working for them.
# Familiarise yourself with your CV. Make sure that you can talk about everything mentioned in a way that draws out your competencies and their relevance to the role.
# Prepare and rehearse answers to standard interview questions. For example, ‘What’s your greatest achievement?’ and ‘What are your key strengths?’ What are your weaknesses? etc.
# Have examples ready. Many interviewers will ask you to give examples of how you’ve handled situations in the past to assess your capability or ask you questions based on different scenarios. For example, ‘What is the most stressful situation you have been in and how did you handle it? ‘How do you manage conflict? Prepare in advance for any questions you may find challenging.
# Make a well-informed career decision. Remember that the interview is also an opportunity for you to gather information to assess whether the role, the company and the culture and working environment will suit you. Prepare a list of the things you need to know to be able to make an objective assessment of the job as a suitable career opportunity.
If all these feel too daunting don’t worry. Help is at hand. Maria Lynch is running a 1 day Confidence for Interviews workshop on Saturday, September 9th where you will have the opportunity to practice different aspects of the interview process. Course details here: https://goo.gl/y2vPE6
Maria will give constructive feedback to participants during the day. She will help you prepare by conducting mock interviews; Help reframing answers to standard questions and brainstorm together questions you think they’ll ask for the specific role you are applying to.
She will assess your performance paying particular attention to any nervous habits you might not be aware of. Maria will help you practice answers that reflect your choices or past actions in a positive light and help you reconnect with your strengths so you have the confidence to present yourself making a positive lasting impression.
Date: Saturday, 9th September 2017.
Time: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
€65 (Lunch Included in Cost)