You’ve done brilliantly to get an interview with your dream company for a role that is seemingly perfect for you. You attended the interview and sent a great thank you email, but now you feel sad.
You’re dealing with a case of the post-interview blues. You really want to receive a call offering you the job, but you’ve started to question your interview performance and your candidacy as a whole. Self-doubt creeps in, and you start to wonder how you compare with the competition.
In this post, we will address why you may be feeling sad after interviews and share advice on what you can do to restore your confidence, boost your interview technique and generally feel a lot more positive.
Why you are feeling sad after an interview
There are many reasons why you could be feeling sad after interviews. Identifying what is making you feel this way is the first step to working out a solution. Here are some reasons why you might be feeling down.
You are struggling to bounce back after a bad job interview
We all have off days. It’s just incredibly frustrating when we feel ultra prepared for something but fail to perform when it really matters.
That feeling of letting yourself down and all that hard work going to waste can make you feel down in the dumps.
If you think your last interview went horribly wrong you might end up in a spiral of negative thought patterns. It can be difficult to bounce back when this happens.
Learning how to bounce back, learn from mistakes and improve is vital when it comes to navigating the job search.
You regret not saying something during your interview
Maybe you’ve just thought of a perfect answer to one of the questions you were asked during your interview. Instantly you start to regret that you didn’t give that response during the interview.
The feeling of missing out on an opportunity is bad enough but it can feel worse when you miss out on an opportunity despite knowing your stuff.
Regret is a horrible feeling because we can’t go back in time. The best way to overcome this feeling is to focus on the present and the future.
The good news is that there will be several more opportunities for you and there is always room for growth and development whether you get the job or not.
You’ve been to so many interviews without any success
If you’ve been unsuccessful after interviews continuously, you may start to take it personally which can make you feel upset.
Noticing a pattern of getting rejected after interviews isn’t a nice feeling at all. However, it does give you the opportunity to seek the help you need to get the job you really want.
What to do if you are feeling sad after interviews
Feeling sad after an interview is a sign that you really want the opportunity and you are anxious about the outcome.
However, the fact that you are feeling sad may mean you feel as though you didn’t perform well enough or that your confidence level has taken a hit.
We will now share some practical advice to help you to feel better if you are feeling sad after an interview.
Continue your job search
The search isn’t over. Don’t wait to hear the outcome of your most recent interview. Regardless of what the outcome will be, you should keep looking. Who knows, you might even find something better.
Putting your focus and energy into searching for new opportunities will take your mind off of feeling sad about your last job interview and make you feel optimistic about your next one.
Embrace the process
Think of your job search as a journey. One of self-discovery and resilience. As with all journeys, you will face setbacks and hurdles. How you overcome them will shape you into a stronger person.
If you’ve been continuously failing job interviews, now is not the time to feel sad or pessimistic about your future. it’s time to pinpoint what is holding you back and formulate a plan to overcome it.
Maybe you’ve been applying for jobs that just aren’t right for you. Or perhaps you need to brush up your interview technique.
Persevere, and you will eventually get your dream job.
Improve your interview technique
Don’t feel down about your weaknesses. It’s not productive. If you are unhappy with your interview performance, take actions to improve.
Being able to perform highly in interviews is a lifelong skill that you should invest in.
The fastest way to improve your interview technique is to get help.
Take an online interview course
We have put together a 9 module course called Nail That Interview which is designed to help you to land your dream job.
As well as access to 9 key modules, you’ll also:
Receive 8 downloadable guides
Get a list of frequently asked interview questions
Have the opportunity to practise video interviews and get feedback
You can try module one for free! You will learn how to:
Convince the interviewer that you can do the job and that you really want it.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could walk into your next interview feeling confident and anxiety-free?
In this post, we will share tips on how to beat interview anxiety before, during and after your interview.
What is interview anxiety?
Anxiety is the state of feeling uneasy such as feeling fearful or worried.
We all experience feelings of anxiety at some point during our lives.
Feeling fearful or worried about an interview is common.
Interview anxiety can range from being mild to severe. Some job seekers feel worried just before their interview, whilst others miss interviews due to severe interview anxiety.
How to Beat Interview Anxiety before an interview
Here are some tips on what you can do to reduce your anxiety before your next interview.
Being prepared for your interview will help to reduce your anxiety.
It is important that you research the: role, company and industry in detail.
During your interview, you will need to convince the interviewer that you can do the job. Therefore, you will need to prepare for competency-based interview questions.
When it comes to researching the company, it’s not enough to skim over the website. Be sure to find out as much as possible about the company especially the company’s mission and values.
We offer interview coaching that is designed to teach you lifelong interview skills. Over the past decade, we have helped hundreds of people who came to us feeling anxious about their upcoming interviews.
As well as preparing for your interview, it is important that you prepare the following in advance:
What you will wear to the interview
The directions to where the interview will be held
What you will bring to the interview i.e. your CV, notebook and a pen
plan to arrive at the destination of your interview 20 minutes early
Decide what you will have for breakfast on the morning of your interview day
Plan to have a good night of sleep before your interview
Having all of the above ready in advance of the interview will help you to beat your interview anxiety.
Reducing anxiety on the day of your interview
So, you’ve prepared for your interview well and you’ve organised everything you will need for the interview in advance. This will significantly help you to reduce your interview anxiety.
However, as it gets closer to your interview, you may notice a spike in your anxiety levels.
On the day of your interview, it is important to stay as calm as possible.
Use the S.T.O.P method to reduce feelings of nervousness and anxiety on the day of your interview.
S = stop what you are doing and focus on your thoughts T = take some deep breaths O = observe what is going on in your mind and body P = proceed with an action that will help you to feel more confident
The S.T.O.P method is a cognitive behavioural technique used to nip racing thoughts in the bud.
If you are sitting in the waiting area before an interview and start to feel anxious do the following:
Stop and acknowledge your anxious thoughts and nervous energy
Take 5 deep breaths to reduce tension
Observe how you are feeling and what you are doing. If you are fidgeting, stop.
Proceed by taking positive actions. Sitting up properly and taking further deep breaths can help to reduce your anxiety.
Get into the right mindset
Block out anxious thoughts by rationalising the situation. Remind yourself that an interview is a conversation. The interviewer isn’t trying to catch you out and this is your opportunity to demonstrate that you can do the job.
Be present with your thoughts instead of thinking “what if my mind goes blank” or “what if I don’t get the job”. Focus on the task in hand.
How to reduce anxiety during interviews
Ask for a glass of water
You will normally be offered a glass of water at the start of the interview.
Don’t decline the offer as there are many advantages of drinking water during your interview.
If you are asked a challenging question, taking a sip of water can give you extra time to gather your thoughts.
It will help you to stay hydrated. nervousness or anxiety may make your throat feel dry. To prevent this sip on some water during the interview.
Drinking water may help to reduce your stress levels
Many people speak very quickly when they are feeling nervous or anxious. However, even if you are feeling this way, speaking slower can help you to come across as being calm and confident.
Don’t worry if you hesitate. It is ok to take some time to think about your answer before you start speaking.
Taking just a few moments before responding, thinking of a strong answer and speaking slowly can help you to give better answers.
Remember, the interviewer will understand that you may feel nervous
Most candidates feel anxious during interviews.
The person interviewing you has most likely interviewed several nervous interviewees. The likeliness is, if they sense that you are feeling particularly anxious they may try to make you feel at ease by encouraging you to take your time with thinking about your answers.
Remember, the interviewer is just another human being. There is even the possibility that they feel a bit anxious during your interview as well.
Dealing with post-interview anxiety
Waiting to hear back from hiring managers after an interview can be extremely nerve-wracking.
You may start to over analyse your performance and the responses you gave.
Some people experience job offer anxiety.
Job offer anxiety is the stress and anxiousness experienced by someone who is waiting for a call back to learn about the outcome of their interview.
Continue your job search: After your interview, continue your job search. Having other opportunities on the horizon will put you at ease regardless of the outcome.
Put things into perspective: if you don’t receive a call back the next day, it might be because the people involved in the interview process may not have had the opportunity to meet yet. So don’t worry if you haven’t heard back after a few days.
How to beat interview anxiety: summary
We hope that this post has helped you to reduce your interview nerves.
Job interviews make most people feel anxious. Feeling a bit anxious can be advantageous, but if your anxiety is negatively impacting your interview performance, it’s time to take action.
Here at Graduate Coach, we offer coaching and career advice for students, graduates and career changers. Our coaching helps candidates to land the right job. We also offer support with CVs, cover letters, video interviews and more.
Drinking water during an interview has many benefits. In this post, we will outline how having water with you in an interview is advantageous.
Saying yes to a glass of water helps to break the ice
At the beginning of your interview, you’ll probably be offered a glass of water.
The interviewer will be trying to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Therefore, it is ok to accept the glass of water. Doing so will make the host feel more comfortable in your presence.
Many people feel that taking up the offer of a glass of water will be inconveniencing the interviewer or wasting time. However, this is not the case.
Chances are, the interviewer may also want to get themselves a beverage too. Also accepting a glass of water before the interview starts is much better than realising you need one halfway through the interview.
Accepting the glass of water will also help you to engage in some small talk and break the ice.
Whilst the host gets your water you’ll get some extra time
Many interview rooms will be set up with a jug of water. If this is the case, you’ll get a few moments to gather your thoughts and to get comfortable.
If the interviewer needs to get the drinks from another room you will get some more time to:
Gather your thoughts
Take a few deep breaths
Look over your notes and CV/resume
A glass of water can act as a prop
If you are asked a tricky interview question, you can take a sip of water to buy yourself some time to think of a strong answer.
Many interviewees feel as though they need to give a response straight away. However, taking some time before answering can improve the quality of your answer.
Drinking water during your interview will keep you hydrated
A combination of being nervous and talking a lot can cause a dry mouth or throat. Drinking water during an interview can help to keep your vocal cords moist.
Benefits of drinking water during an interview: summary
In your next job interview, don’t feel apprehensive about drinking water. Take a bottle of water in your bag with you just in case you are not offered any. If you are offered water, take it. Even if you do not drink all of it, having it nearby to sip on can come in handy.
If you have an interview coming up, book an interview coaching session with us! We will help you to improve your interview technique and help you to feel confident and ready for your upcoming interview.
FAQs about drinking water during an interview
Is it OK to drink water during an interview?
Yes, drinking water during an interview is ok. Ideally, you’ll take sips of water at appropriate times during the interview such as before or after being asked a question by the interviewer.
Try not to drink water whilst the interviewer is asking you a question because you’ll want to show them that you are actively listening to the question being asked. This will involve giving the interviewer eye contact.
Also, try not to drink excessive amounts of water during the interview as this may become distracting.
Should you accept drinks during an interview?
Yes, accepting drinks during an interview is a good idea. The interviewer may offer a cup of coffee tea, water or even juice. There are many benefits of accepting a drink during an interview so it is worth it even if you do not finish your drink.
So you’ve attended several job interviews now but you haven’t landed yourself a job yet. You’re probably thinking to yourself: Why do I keep failing at job interviews?!
Don’t worry, we have the answers.
By the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of why you keep failing job interviews and we’ll give you some actionable tips on how you can finally outperform the other candidates and land your dream job.
1: Nerves get the better of you
Interview nerves can really have a negative impact on your interview performance.
Nerves will make you come across as being less confident.
Confidence is key when it comes to performing highly in interviews.
Unfortunately, we notice job seekers who continuously keep failing job interviews become less confident over time.
If you don’t come across as being confident in yourself and your ability to excel in the role, you’ll find it difficult to convince the interviewer to have confidence in you.
Being adequately prepared for your interview will allow you to walk into the interview room knowing exactly what to expect and knowing exactly how to answer any interview question in a way that will impress the interviewer.
It is important to note that confidence is not just conveyed by what you say. Your body language also gives away your level of confidence.
Action point: Learn and practice some body language tricks that will make you come across as being more confident during your interview such as:
Maintaining a good posture i.e. sitting upright instead of slouching in your chair.
Using eye contact effectively, i.e. getting the balance right between giving your interviewer’s eye contact without continuously staring at them.
Keep your hands out of your pockets
Keep your head and your chin up
On average, people only spend 36 minutes preparing for their interviews and that is simply not enough.
We will share some tips and advice on how you can ensure that you are fully prepared for your interviews.
We collaborated with StudentJob UK to write a post about getting rid of nerves before an interview so if you’ve identified being nervous as being a reason why you keep failing job interviews, be sure to check out that post.
2: Nobody has ever taught you how to prepare
We always tell our interview coaching candidates to not beat themselves up if they tell us that they keep failing interviews.
This is because the chances are, they’ve never been taught how to interview before.
Most things that we want to get really good at in life require some guidance either from a coach, teacher, trainer or instructor.
Think of it this way, If you wanted to get really good at singing, you’d get a vocal coach. If you wanted to become a pro at Tennis, you’d get a Tennis instructor.
Getting really good at performing highly in interviews is no different.
Hiring an experienced interview coach can really help to give you the edge over the vast majority of the competition who wouldn’t have even taken adequate time to prepare for their interview.
Here at Graduate Coach, we have been teaching students, graduates and career changers the art and the science of succeeding in interviews for the past decade.
You know the saying – fail to prepare, prepare to fail! But before it’s not just about preparing for your interview, first, you need to know how to prepare for interviews.
If you do feel as though you always prepare for upcoming interviews but you’re wondering why you always fail in interviews, maybe you need to brush up on how you prepare for interviews as well as what you prepare.
3: Memorising interview answers is not working for you
This point follows on from the point above.
Many interviewees approach their job interview preparation by writing down answers to questions that they think they might be asked and try to memorise them.
An interview is not a memory game.
If you adopt this approach of trying to memorise answers, you’ll probably get flustered and lose your composure if you forget your answer.
Also if you put a lot of energy into memorising a set number of questions, if you are asked something that you haven’t prepared for, it can result in your mind going blank. Which many people find difficult to recover from in interviews.
You should go into your interviews feeling confident that you can give impressive answers that demonstrate the extent to which you will excel in the role.
This should hold true regardless of what question or scenario the interviewer throws at you.
There’s nothing wrong with taking notes into your interview with competency-based answers written down.
3: When was the last time you researched the company properly?
Researching the company is often overlooked when preparing for interviews.
This is because job seekers tend to focus mainly on the role they are applying for.
However, the interviewer is not just assessing your ability to do well in the role that you are applying for.
They are also assessing that you are the right fit for the company.
Afterall you could apply for a similar role at another company, so you need to go to your interview knowing how to clearly articulate why you want the role at the company you have applied for.
Knowing how to tailor your answers in a way that demonstrates that you are the right fit for the company involves carrying out in-depth company research.
Researching the company involves a lot more than just skimming through the website.
Take the time to read through the company values and make sure you are able to demonstrate these values and what they genuinely mean to you.
Also, read through the different services the company offers and the clients they work with. Doing in-depth research on this level will give you an idea of how you’ll navigate and progress in your career within the company.
Being able to state how you envision being able to navigate and progress in your career within the company will impress the employer.
After all, hiring new employees can be very expensive and the interviewer needs to make the right decision.
As well as hiring the person who will perform highly in the role, the hiring team will be looking for people they’ll be able to retain.
Therefore, if you express your suitability to the company culture and your eagerness to progress in the company, you’ll stand out for the right reasons.
This point is explored more in the next point about showing empathy in interviews.
4: You’re not empathising with the interviewer
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
It’s vital that you truly understand what the company needs and show that their needs are equally important to you.
This ties into the point above about researching the company.
You won’t be able to understand what the company needs if you only have a surface-level understanding of the company.
Good candidates will empathise with the interviewer by genuinely showing that they are confident that they are the right fit for the company and the role.
They will confidently demonstrate that they know what the company’s mission is and that they will come into work every day to contribute to the company achieving its goals.
5: You don’t know what questions to ask
At the end of every interview, you’ll be asked if you have any questions.
If you keep failing your interviews, the chances are, you are not leveraging this time at the end of your interview.
There are a wide variety of questions that you can ask at the end of your interview.
It is important that you put some thought into what questions you will ask.
If you really want to stand out in your interview it is important to learn the art of asking for the job.
When was the last time you actually asked for the job?
This might seem strange, and it does take some practice to get right.
But being able to sincerely state at the end of the interview what getting the job will mean for you and asking for the job will definitely make you a memorable candidate.
You keep making the same mistakes
If you keep failing interviews, it is possible that you are continuously making the same mistake.
After every failed interview, it is extremely important that you request feedback.
Companies do not have to provide candidates who were unsuccessful after interviews with feedback. Some companies do not offer feedback. However, some will if you ask.
Why do I keep failing at job interviews: summary
We hope you have found this blog post useful if you keep failing at interviews.
Good interview performance requires strategic preparation and adequate practice.
Chances are, at some point during your graduate job search, you’ll be asked to complete a video interview. Naturally, you’ll want to excel in your video interview and successfully progress to the next stage of the interview process. So in this post, we’ll share our step-by-step guide on how to prepare for a video interview.
Step 1: Understand the different types of video interviews
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to prepare for a video interview, it is important to note that there are two main types of video interviews:
1) Live video interviews
Live video interviews are often conducted via online video conferencing software such as Skype or Google Hangouts.
These videos are between you and a graduate recruiter or a member of the team you are applying to join.
It is likely to be quite similar to a telephone interview, but the interviewer will be able to pick up on more of your non-verbal communication skills.
2) Pre-Recorded video interviews
Recorded or one-sided interviews are increasing in popularity, so the chances are, you’ll be invited to take one at some point during your graduate job search.
If you are asked to complete a recorded video interview, you’ll be sent a link to a video interview platform.
The email will walk you through how to access the platform and begin your video interview recording.
You’ll be required to record your answers to the video interview questions within the time limit.
For example, you’ll be asked a question such as “tell me about a time you had to work effectively as part of a team“.
You’ll then have a short period of time to think of your answer before recording it.
Step 2: Gather as much information as you can about the video interview.
Whilst there are two main types of video interview, your experience will be different for every company.
Some video interviews are designed to get to know more about you as a person and are relatively informal.
Others are more rigorous and are designed to see how you function under pressure.
Before your video interview, find out what will be expected of you.
You can find this information by doing the following:
Reading the video interview invite very carefully. You’ll usually be sent an email inviting you to take a video interview. It is vital that you read through this email extremely carefully.
Re-visit the company’s website and navigate to the page outlining the details of the graduate job that you’ve applied for.
On that page, you’ll usually find a section about the application process and specifically about the video interview stage.
Use websites like Glassdoor to read about other candidate’s interview experiences. This will give you a deeper insight into what to expect.
When it comes to knowing how to prepare for a video interview, it is vital that you first find out as much as possible about the interview you have been invited to.
Step 3: Practise for your video interview
When it comes to knowing how to prepare for a video interview, practising is one of the most important steps.
Knowing how to outperform other candidates being interviewed is a skill.
However, most people are never taught this skill.
There’s definitely an art and science behind excelling in interviews.
Here at Graduate Coach, we have been providing interview training sessions for graduates for over a decade now.
Chris Davies, Founder of Graduate Coach
If you are currently preparing for an interview for a job that you really want, we strongly urge you to contact us.
We can help you in two ways:
You can book one-to-one interview coaching sessions with a graduate coach.
Find out more about our in-person interview coaching here.
You can purchase our online interview course called Nail that Interview for just £249.
The Nail that interview course condenses everything you need to know to succeed in your interviews into 8 hours of interactive content.
Find out more about our online interview course here.
As part of our interview preparation course, we can also arrange for you to take a mock recorded video interview.
This will involve taking part in a recorded mock interview. We will then review it and provide feedback until you gain more confidence and improve your interview technique.
If you will be having a live video interview, make sure that you are familiar with the video conferencing software that you’ll be required to use. Set up a test call with a friend to get familiar with the platform.
If you will be doing a recorded video interview, practise answering interview questions out loud and film your responses. Be prepared to answer questions related to your non-academic experience.
When watching the recording back assess your body language and the clarity of your answers.
Step 4: Find the best location to take your video interview
There’s a lot to take into consideration when it comes to deciding on the location where you’ll do your video interview.
Good internet connection
This is probably one of the most important factors to take into consideration when you are deciding where to take your video interview.
If your internet connection is poor the quality of the video call or video interview recording may be poor.
Video interview background
When it comes to the background of your video interview, keep it simple.
You don’t want the interviewer or the person reviewing your recorded video interview to get distracted by your background.
You want to be the main focus!
Therefore, ensure that your background will be clean, tidy and minimal.
Test out what your background will look like to the employer before you start your video interview by turning on your webcam and seeing what background works best.
Before you start your video interview, check that both your webcam and microphone are working correctly.
Check your camera and microphone
This is a vital check to avoid major problems during your video interview.
If you will be doing a recorded video interview, there might be a prompt before the interview to check your mic and webcam.
Position your camera so that it is at eye-level. You’ll want to ensure that you maintain good eye contact with the camera whilst giving your answers.
You want the interviewer or the person reviewing your recorded video interview to be able to see you clearly.
After all, they will be picking up on your non-verbal body language as well as your verbal responses.
Before your video interview, test the lighting to ensure that you can easily be seen.
You might want to use desk lighting if the room you are in is a bit dark.
If it is a sunny day, ensure that the sunlight isn’t casting shadows over you.
A quiet background without any potential distractions
It is really important that you find a quiet location to record your video interview.
Small background noises could potentially be picked up by your mic which could make it difficult for your voice to be heard.
As well as ensuring that your background is as quiet as possible, minimise any potential distractions.
If you will be taking your video interview at home, be sure to inform your family members so that they do not interrupt your interview.
Plan to take your video interview at a time where there is likely to be the least amount of distractions.
If possible, try not to take your video interview in a public place where you can’t control external factors such as lighting or potential distractions.
Sit in a comfortable chair
During your video interview, it is important that you maintain good posture.
Slouching will make you come across as being less confident.
If you are using a computer chair, avoid swinging on the chair whilst talking, even if you feel nervous.
Step 5: Dress appropriately for the company you are applying to
Wear what you would normally wear to an in-person interview.
Even though only your head and shoulders will be on show, you want to make the right impression.
Some companies require employees to wear business attire. Whilst Some companies allow employees to choose what they want to wear based on their own judgement.
It is a good idea to research the company’s culture before the interview to get a good idea of what the employees wear.
One way to get a sense of what the employees typically wear is to look at the images of staff members on the company’s website.
Replicate what the employees typically wear. For example, if they wear smart clothing, dress smartly for your video interview.
-Avoid bright colours and patterns and go for softer colours instead.
– If you are wearing a tie, wear a solid coloured tie. -If you wear glasses, adjust the lighting in the room to reduce glare from the lenses.
Step 6: Make sure you have everything you might need nearby
Before your video interview starts, make sure that you have everything you might need nearby.
Check the video interview invite to see if it states that you’ll need anything in particular such as a calculator or a pen and paper.
Here are some things you might want to have nearby during your video interview:
Notepad/paper and pen
A copy of your CV
Any notes you took whilst preparing for the interview.
Glasses if you may need them
A bottle of water
As well as making sure that you have everything that you might need around you, get rid of any potential distractions.
-Switch off your phone during your video interview
-Close any other tabs that you have open in your web browser
-Declutter the area that you will be taking your video intervie
Step 7: Prepare for unexpected events
With technology, there’s always a chance things could go wrong.
The interviewer understands that unexpected events may occur. They will be interested to see how you deal with such situations.
Many other posts on how to prepare for a video interview miss this very important point.
Here’s how to prepare for unexpected occurrences during your video interview.
What to do if your audio stops working
Tip: ask the interviewer for a number that you can reach them on if you get disconnected.
If the video cuts out, call them at that number.
Ask if you can continue the interview by phone or if you can reschedule at a later date.
• How to handle unexpected noises
If noises (sirens, construction, etc.) interrupt your video interview, don’t just ignore it.
Apologise for the interruption and ask for a few moments until the noise has subsided.
You may want to mute the microphone if the noise is particularly loud or disruptive.
• If someone enters the room unexpectedly
If someone enters the room while you’re interviewing:
-Let the interviewer know what has happened -Ask them for a few moments -Mute your microphone and turn off your camera -Deal with the interruption
Before the interview, find out who you’ll need to contact in the event of any technical difficulties.
Sometimes this information will be included in the video interview email invite or on the webpage outlining the application process.
Remember, unexpected events are sometimes unavoidable.
Your potential employer will be very interested to see how you deal with the situation because unexpected events occur in the workplace all the time.
Knowing all about how to prepare for a video interview questions is one thing but preparing for the unexpected, what to wear and the equipment you may need is an important step.
How to ace a video interview by Vodafone
How to prepare for a video interview: summary
Video interviews are becoming much more popular. Most internship and graduate roles at large companies require candidates to complete one as part of the recruitment process.
Therefore, knowing how to prepare for a video interview is absolutely vital!
Whether it’s a video interview or a traditional face to face interview, preparation is key.
Surprisingly, people only spend on average 36 minutes preparing for an interview.
This is not enough time.
Preparing properly will help you to stand out amongst the other candidates.
Before your video interview, schedule in some time to practise answering questions. This will help you to refine your interview technique.
We hope you find these tips on how to prepare for your video interview helpful.
If you would like further support to prepare for your job interviews, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Your last interview was a flop and it’s taken a toll on your confidence. No worries. Here’s 13 things you can do to restore your confidence after a failed interview.
It’s normal for your confidence to take a dive after what feels like a failed interview but no interview is a failure if you extract lessons you can learn from it. Let’s look at what you can do to boost your confidence ahead of your next interview.
Tips to restore interview confidence and learning from a failed interview
The first thing you need to do, if you haven’t already done so, is to ask for feedback from your last interview. Tell the company that this is important to you as it will help you to prepare for future interviews. Then make a note of the lessons learnt and how you can apply them.
Make a list of the things you have done that you are proud of. What have you achieved at college, university and in work, paid or unpaid? If your confidence is so dented nothing comes to mind, ask those who know you and who you have worked within the past.
Next, make sure you know your CV back to front. Job interviewers tend to use the CV as a guide to talk through your application and you will be asked to elaborate on various points. Be ready. Knowing your CV will help you to talk about your strengths, weaknesses and achievements with greater confidence and honesty.
Take along with you any achievement evidence you can use to demonstrate what you have achieved. This can include published articles, artwork, awards or letters of commendations, perhaps from customers or clients at a previous job.
Research the company you have applied to. Just a few important facts will do. Look at marketing materials, the website, company brochures, local newspapers and annual reports. Look at their LinkedIn company page, the profiles of CEOs, interviewers, if you have their names, and other key employees. Find out what the company’s strengths are. How do they describe their mission, goals and values? Take time to consider these. Where do they fit in with your own mission, goals and values – can you find a synergy?
Prepare with a mock interview. There are lots of example interview questions online you can use to get an idea of what’s typically asked at an interview. These include: What do you think you can bring to the role? Why do you want this role? What are your strengths/weakness? What do you consider to be your major achievement? Why are you the best person for the job? How do you manage yourself/time? What steps would you take to handle an irate customer/client? Why should we hire you? Note: please don’t over-prepare to the extent that your answers sound robotic – it’s simply about having a general idea of what you might say.
Have some questions to hand you can ask the interviewer. You can find some examples online too, but others may come up simply through the research you do on the company.
See yourself doing well at the interview. Seeing is believing, and by seeing yourself in a positive light during the interview it will trick your brain into believing you will do well. See yourself walk into the room, smile and give a firm handshake. Tell yourself, “I am looking forward to my interview at … Company.”
Wear something smart but comfortable for you, and give yourself plenty of travel time. Better overly early than even a little late. Take a few deep breaths before going into the interview room to help you to relax. Make eye contact and hold your materials in your left hand so that you can easily shake hands with your right without it feeling awkward.
It’s okay to take a few seconds to think before answering a question and, as long as you don’t do this after every question, to ask the interviewer to clarify or repeat anything you didn’t understand.
When answering questions, try to find a story to illustrate each one. Give examples of yourself in the exact scenario the interviewer is asking about. This will help the interviewer to build a picture in his or her mind of your capabilities, and it will leave a positive impression.
An important part of your communication is body language. People only hear 10 per cent of what you say and the rest they ‘hear’ visually. So, smile periodically. Speak in higher energetic, not dull and tired, tones. Be enthusiastic. Use words that paint a positive picture – bright, boost, overcome, thrilled – and which feel natural to you. Using active words to describe your achievements – ‘I completed the task’, ‘I boosted results’, ‘I jumped right in’, ‘I grabbed the opportunity’ – can also help.
Finally, leave a lasting last impression with a hearty handshake, warm smile and a “Thank you for seeing me.” Together, these tips can help restore your confidence after a failed interview. Good luck.
The Importance of Interview confidence
Interview confidence is really important.
Think of it this way, if you don’t appear confident in yourself, how can you expect the interviewer to be confident in you?
If you keep failing at interviews, your confidence may take a knock. However, think of confidence as a muscle. The more it is worked, the stronger it gets.
Even though you may have failed several interviews, you learn something new each time. As your interview technique improves, so will your interview confidence.
Together, these tips can help restore your confidence after a failed interview. Good luck!
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Do you worry your mind will go blank during an interview? What do you do when your mind suddenly goes blank during the middle of answering interview questions?
We’ve all been there – in the middle of speaking, you lose your train of thought, information at the tip of your tongue vanishes from your brain and your mind is completely blank.
You are not alone.
It has even happened to famous actors – remember the tongue-tied Sally Field during her 2007 Emmys acceptance speech?
While this may be no big deal when chatting with friends, it can feel like a catastrophe when it happens during a job interview.
Here’s what you should not do if your mind goes blank during an interview
The one thing you should not do if your mind suddenly goes blank during an interview is to sit there with an equally blank expression on your face!
The very best way to assuage these fears is to review a set of strategies that you can employ when and if the dreaded blank mind strikes you during an interview or other important speaking engagement.
So what can you do if you find yourself in this dreaded situation?
Here are 4 strategies to help if your mind goes blank during an interview:
Silence can be golden – When you are in the middle of a brain gap, the seconds can feel like hours and you can become positive that everyone around you is scrutinising your silence. In reality, long pauses can actually be used to make your words more effective and can give you a few precious moments to collect your thoughts. Try practising in front of a friend and forcing yourself to pause for longer than you think feels comfortable. You may find that a strategic series of pauses can emphasise your points and drive home the message that you are thoughtful, well-spoken and level-headed. Use it in your favour.
Be honest and ask for help – There is nothing wrong in saying that your mind has gone blank. If you find yourself struggling to remember what you were saying, try gently asking for help from your interviewer. Something along the lines of, “I’m afraid I got so caught up in what I was talking about that I seem to have lost my place. Where was I?” Your listener should have no problem prompting you to help you get back to your original point.
Don’t be afraid of notes – Depending on the position for which you are interviewing, a small notebook that enables to you take notes during the meeting can make you seem like a smart candidate who plans ahead. Your small notebook will enable you to make brief notes as you go, or to bring in a general outline of what you plan to talk about. If during the interview you feel you want to digress in order to illustrate a point, you can jot down the original point you want to return to for when you need it, or vice versa.
Say something – anything! Finally, and perhaps the most importantly – say something! If you remain silent with a panicked expression on your face, your anxiety and your interviewer’s trepidation will grow and grow. While you may feel a bit off-topic or rambling, saying anything relevant to your topic can kick start your brain back into high gear and get your interview back on track.
Why does your mind go blank during an interview?
Unless you have a medical issue, the cause of your blank mind is likely to be due to you becoming distracted. You have more than one thing on your mind and you are likely trying to remember them all at once.
During an interview scenario, the added stress of wanting to come across well to others can make us forget what we want to say because we’re juggling so many points.
Worrying over your interview increases the risk of your mind going blank.
The cruel irony is that the more you worry about coming up blank during an interview, the more likely it is to happen.
Chartered psychologist Bev Stone did some work on people who experience blank minds while presenting and says that it is better to be ‘distracted in that you’re not that bothered whether you win or lose’.
This is easier said than done during an interview when you want the job really badly but you will find that you will relax physically and mentally and therefore perform far better.
How to avoid brain freeze in an interview
As with all things in life, preparation is key.
We mentioned above, your mind goes blank during interviews because you become distracted.
An interview question that you did not prepare for gets thrown your way and your mind instantly starts racing through different potential answers triggering some interview anxiety followed by your mind going completely blank.
The truth is, most people do not put enough time into preparing for their interviews.
Should know the job description inside out and be able to outline some of the challenges that you might face in the role.
Should have excellent answers for competency-based questions prepared in the STAR format.
Here at Graduate Coach, we train students and graduates on how to prepare for and excel in interviews. The 3 pointers above are only a few of many tips and techniques that we instil in the people we help. Who then go on to land their dream job after training with us.
Over the years we have helped many people who have suffered from interview anxiety and as a result, they lose confidence.
Many of them come to us reporting: ‘I go blank during interviews’ or that ‘I blanked on an interview question’. Others come to us asking: “why does my mind go blank when asked a question?”
If you can relate to this, get in contact with us today!
You can call us on: +44 (0)207 014 9547, or emails us on:
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