5 steps to a stress-free job interview

Updated: May 18, 2020

You get sweaty, your mind goes blank, you don't understand the questions and then talk too fast!

A job interview can create stress and anxiety in the most confident of people.

We've all been there.

And have you noticed that the more you want the job, the worse it seems to get?!

So, what can you do to ensure you perform your best on the day?

1. Prepare and Plan

  • It's pretty easy to work out the kind of questions they will ask, so:

  • Plan how you will answer the usual introductory question: 'Tell us about yourself and why you want this job'.

  • Then use the position description or job ad to work out what they are looking for, and plan out how you will answer a question based on each of the key selection criteria. You'll need to prepare and example (or two) using the Situation, Action, Result (SAR) method.

  • Plan some questions about the organisation and role that you can ask at the end of the interview.

2. Practice

  • It's all very well to prepare your answers, but now you need to practice them - OUT LOUD!

  • Start by practicing in front of a mirror, then ask a friend to run a mock interview using your pre-prepared questions.

  • Then practice again and again.