Your CV was up-to-scratch and impressed, and now you've been given a job interview. But there's still another hurdle between you and your ideal job: the job interview.
A new employer may want to assess your oral communication skills during an interview and ask you to prepare and deliver a presentation. Can you present your case in a way that your audience will understand and find interesting?
Performance anxiety tripping you up in job interviews or presentations? Seeking the next step in your working life, yet it’s not happening for you? Know you are capable, yet find yourself daunted by new challenges?
These are regular issues. You may take some comfort from knowing you are certainly not alone in being affected by them to a greater or lesser extent. Research has long shown the high incidence of anxiety around public speaking and presenting for example, with large numbers affected and up to 1 in 8 severely so (1). Yet such knowledge does little to lessen the frustration and pain experienced.
Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but one of the most effective way to feel more confident is to take the time for thorough preparation.
The STAR technique may be used to provide structure to your responses when answering difficult interview questions. It's a great way to demonstrate to the interviewer that you know what you're talking about!