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How to overcome interview nerves

Being asked to attend a job interview can evoke a mixture of emotions; you’ll probably be excited at the prospect of landing your dream apprenticeship or traineeship, but it’s likely you’ll also experience some nerves.

Many people feel anxious ahead of an interview, particularly if they’re not well practised at this part of the application process. If you’ve recently left school or been away from the workplace for a considerable amount of time, these feelings will be even more prominent.

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Here are a few ways that you can alleviate those interview jitters and show employers that you’re the right person for the position.

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Research the company

The more you know about the organisation conducting the interview, the more comfortable and confident you’ll feel facing your potential employer. Solid research will calm your nerves and ensure you come across as enthusiastic and well prepared.

Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand, said studying a company before an interview used to set candidates apart in the past, but now most businesses will expect this as a minimum.

Prepare with a friend

A 2013 study from the University of Guelph in Canada found that people who rated themselves as anxious performed poorer in interviews, with men particularly disadvantaged.

The research authors advised candidates to spend time practising for interview questions with a friend to reduce nerves. Preparing for certain scenarios so that you’re not forced to think of examples off the top of your head is also recommended.

“You may not look as nervous as how you feel.”

Consider your body language

Try to sit up straight, avoid fidgeting and maintain eye contact with your interviewer. These actions will make you appear confident, even if you’re feeling nervous on the inside.

University of Guelph Psychology Professor Deborah Powell said: “It is important that job candidates’ nerves do not affect the impression they are giving to interviewers. You may not look as nervous as how you feel.”

Following these tips should help you feel more confident going into your next interview, but if you’d like more guidance on how to ace your apprenticeship or traineeship application, please read more articles from our Career Connections blog.

By Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator

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