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ren0420ren0420 england, west yorkshirePosts: 29 Boards Initiate
Recently, I’ve been applying for more jobs and there’s one thing that keeps getting in the way of accepting them.... interviews >~<

Does anyone have any advice on interviews? I get really jittery and I’m scared I’lol mess it up...
What do you talk about? Do you act like yourself or try look more professional?


  • DandelionDandelion Posts: 1,234 Wise Owl
    Hey @ren0420 I hate interviews I think most people do lol. The only advice I can really give is just make sure to prepare for them. Before I do an interview I like to practice questions that I think they may ask and research the company your applying for. Also a really simple thing to do before interviews is to just read the job description, most company’s will have values that are important to them and you can tailor your answers to the company’s values.

    It’s normal to get nervous before interviews and I’m sure the person interviewing understands, so just be yourself xx
    Today is a great day for a great day. 
  • AzzimanAzziman The Mix convert Posts: 975 You're a wizard, Harry
    Do your best to keep calm - practice questions, get better informed on the company, keep water on hand etc. And don't be afraid to take a few seconds before answering a question if you need some time to think - that's completely fine. Best of luck!x
  • AbbyOwlAbbyOwl North of Watford GapPosts: 43 Boards Initiate
    Hey @ren0420 :)

    Interviews are such a stressful part of applications, but remember that the company have chosen to speak to you. Out of all the applications they get, you have stood out for the right reasons and they think you could be the person for the job.

    Before interviews I read up on the company and prepare some mock questions/answers to revise - this is helpful when they ask about skills etc, as I always forget the things that I can actually do! I also run through the job description/role again and highlight any key points that I could emphasise when reflecting on my experiences/skills. When you're in an interview, don't be afraid to take your time answering their questions.

    It's completely normal to get nervous and jittery, and it shows that you care about the interview. Remember that you've already proven your knowledge and experience on paper, and that's the hardest bit. Just be you :3 xx
  • elpad_2002elpad_2002 Posts: 11 Settling in
    Hey @ren0420, first off, congratulations on even getting to the interview stage. I've been applying for jobs recently and honestly that is no easy feat. I only have one experience of an interview but I found it helpful at the time to just think 'this place would be lucky to have me'. This helped me to feel a bit calmer and more confident but this may not be helpful for everyone. Like someone said before, it does often help to just prepare as best you can and have some general pre-prepared answers. This may help you to feel more in control and less nervous. I feel like I'm just echoing other responses but remember that you have the skills necessary for the job because otherwise you wouldn't be at the interview.

    In terms of feeling scared and jittery, that is entirely normal. But maybe it may help to ask anyone you trust like family or friends to give you a practice interview? This may help act as a stepping stone because you are still being asked unexpected questions but by someone you know. I tried this and, at first I found this nervous as well but once I had mastered this, it did give me some more confidence in my interviews (but I was still nervous ofc). If this may not be possible then (a bit of a weird technique) but I recorded myself saying a list of random questions on my phone, then sat in front of a mirror (but this isn't exactly necessary) and basically gave myself a practice interview. You may feel differently, and definitely feel free to share, but for me the scariest part of an interview is that you have no idea what you will be asked and I panic that I won't be able to think well under pressure. For me, doing this weird technique helps to overcome this as I practice answering kind of random questions under a bit of pressure, although obviously this isn't exactly the same as an interview.

    Hope this was at least slightly helpful, but overall yes absolutely be yourself because the job has to be the right fit for you as well, so there's little point in pretending to be someone you're not. The right job will appreciate your skills, qualifications and personality but to help feel less nervous, I find preparation always helps. Remember to always have faith in yourself. Sending hugs!
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