Questions for job interview situations are almost certainly the most frightening element of the whole job interview process, striking fear into the very heart of all but the most confident interviewees. So, how do you go from being one of the fearful, to one of the fearless?
1. We need to understand exactly why the fear exists in the first place; after all, how else are we going to be able to overcome it?
Fear of job interviews (or any interviews for that matter) can be caused by:
- a general lack of self-confidence
- fear of failure
- a genuine interview phobia
- inexperience in interview situations (very first job interview or, conversely, previously in long-term employment)
- long time since last interview (maternity leave/redundancy/sick)
2. We need to identify which type of interview question causes the most panic.
Is it a fear of answering interview questions, or of not knowing which questions to ask at interview?
Typical interview questions include:
- Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
- Exactly why do you want to work here?
- Why do you want to leave your current job?
- What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- What do you really want to do in life? What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
Questions to ask at interview might include:
- What are the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of the person hired into this position,… and what would make that person a “superstar”?
- What does your boss expect of you and your team in terms of performance? How could I help you meet those goals?
- Have I addressed that 100% to your satisfaction?
- Does that make sense? Would that be good example?
- What’s the one thing I could do on the job that would benefit you the most?
3. We need to find the best solution to the now-identified root cause of this fear.
This could come in the form of hypnosis, private tuition, role playing with family or friends or self-education via information sourced online, for instance.
Only you will know which of these options will be best suited to your own personal circumstances and personality.
At a time when competition for jobs is fierce, thorough preparation for job interviews has never been so crucial and, as long as a fear of interviews remains, this preparation is going to be arduous and stressful.
Let’s face it – your performance in a job interview will ultimately determine whether or not you get hired.