Interview Nerves? Don’t let them be interpreted as lack of interest.

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Let’s face it.  It is normal to be nervous in an interview.   It is a fairly intimidating situation and can be even worse if you are facing a panel of 3 or 4 interviewers all lining up to fire their questions at you.    We all know that anticipating the questions and preparing and practising your answers is the key to reducing nerves and delivering a good interview performance – nothing new there.

What happens though if your nerves and general apprehension about the interview is interpreted by the interviewer as lack of interest and enthusiasm for the role? This is quite a common occurrence amongst nervous interview candidates.  And this is the last thing you want the interviewer to think – you would love this job, it is a perfect fit for you and you have all of the skills and experience to do it really well.  But the interviewer has somehow concluded that you really couldn’t be bothered with the job since you couldn’t rustle up any discernible enthusiasm for it in the interview.

Q:     How can you convince them that your apparent lack of enthusiasm is down to a case of interview nerves and not because you are just filling in some spare time by going to an interview for a job you are not really interested in?

A: TELL them that you want the job. Don’t rely on your body language – it may let you down.  Make sure that you find the opportunity in the interview to tell them that you think you can contribute a huge amount to the role and YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY.  Hold eye contact when you say this.  Its effectiveness is reduced from high impact to completely useless if you decide to tell the floor or ceiling rather than the interviewer.

Sinead provides interview coaching on how to manage interview nerves and deliver your best performance at interview.

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