Job interviews are a unique kind of meeting for both the interviewer and the candidate.
As a candidate you want to do your very best, impress and get the job offer.
As the interviewer you are looking for assurance that the person you appoint can do the job, will fit in and deliver real value.
One of the biggest questions I get asked about job interviews by candidates is how they can be less nervous in the job interview.
Now let’s be clear right up front.
You are always going to have some element of nerves when it comes to job interviews.
If that’s missing you probably don’t care that much about the job you are applying for.
Yet in truth there is really one significant thing that you can do to be less nervous and more confident in job interviews.
That one thing is to be well prepared.
Thing is what I’ve noticed from the research that I have done, the vast majority of people, even highly qualified and smart people like accountants don’t do anything approaching enough when it comes to job interview preparation.
You are asking the employer to make a significant, recurrent investment in you in terms of salary and benefits.
Surely earning that investment deserves a proper investment of you time and energies up front to be well prepared, doesn’t it?
Here’s the reality.
When you’re well prepared you are less anxious.
When you’re less anxious you are less likely to get thrown off course by that difficult question.
When you’re less anxious you relax.
When you relax your true potential shines through.
So next time you have a job interview, try to set aside at least 10 hours to prepare.
You will be surprised at the difference it makes to your performance on the day.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.