It is natural to have butterflies before the interview begins. You tell yourself “it’s just a conversation to learn more about the company.” Even the most confident applicants can feel a little anticipation about the process. One way to overcome your nervousness is to get those butterflies to fly in formation.
Another way is to think about the interviewer. You may be meeting with HR, and chances are they have done this before. But you may be meeting with a manager who does not interview often and is more nervous than you are. Why would they be nervous?
They might be unsure about what questions to ask. They may not have learned how to ask open-ended questions which give you the chance to share your success stories. Or they may be worried that they will choose the wrong person and their boss will be mad.
First, you should always do your research about the company and the position. That way you can help the interviewer by bringing up issues the company faces and how you have solved similar problems before.
Second, by observing the culture, your surroundings as you enter, you can point out similarities between your values and the values of the company. Getting the interviewer to see you fitting into the company will make them more relaxed and open to what you have to say. And this helps you, too.
Finally, you must share your accomplishments as STAR’s (Situation, Action, Result). Give them something to remember so they will be confident in recommending you, not nervous, wondering if they have made the right decision. For example, to show your ability to solve problems and provide excellent customer service, you would not say “I’m a people person.” You would tell your “Christmas Eve Story” about how you went above and beyond to take care of a customer.
Understand that the person conducting the interview may be as nervous as you are. Plan your interview in advance and do your homework. Have your success stories ready so the interviewer can feel confident in recommending you. Getting everyone’s butterflies flying in formation will go a long way towards landing you into your new hire orientation.
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