Employers are looking for self-managing employees—people who are versatile, confident, ready and able to work with a team, and not afraid to roll up their sleeves, work long hours, and get the job done.
So what can you possibly think of doing 15 minutes before the Interview?
Situation is quite fragile. You’re already quite nervous. What you need is stress control and getting into a zone of balanced emotion.
Most interviewers are not trying to torture you for sport. Their motive is to quickly learn enough about you to make an informed decision—should you stay or should you go? By the same token, if you know what they’re looking for, you can craft your answers accordingly (and reduce your own fear and anxiety at the same time).
Prepare yourself to really talk
The sad fact is that many job candidates are unprepared to talk about themselves. You may have mailed a gorgeous resume and cover letter. You may be wearing the perfect clothes on the day of the interview. But if you can’t convince the interviewer, face to face, that you are the right person for the job, you aren’t likely to make the sale.
Be ready for a “Team Interview”
The team interview can range from a pleasant conversation to a torturous interrogation. Typically, you will meet with a group, or “team,” of interviewers around a table in a conference room. They may be members of your prospective department or a cross-section of employees from throughout the company. Rarely will you be informed beforehand to expect a team interview.
The hiring manager or someone from Human Resources may chair an orderly question-and-answer; or he may turn the group loose to shoot questions at you like a firing squad. When it’s all over, you’ll have to survive the assessment of every member of the group.
Think of tough times
Recall and be ready to talk about a tough hurdle! But knowing what you’re up against is half the battle. Rather than sit back passively and hope for the best, you can help the interviewer focus on how your unique skills can directly benefit—“fit”—the department or organization by using a number of specific examples.
Listen to your favourite music, to soothe your nerves and calm you down. This will relax your muscles and put a smile on your face. You’ll be ready to go in relaxed and yet confident before the interview.
Watch funny videos
Of all the times they said you wasted watching “Tom and Jerry”, just before the interview watching your favourite funny video will be most productive and useful. Humour cracks you up and puts you in a better composed mood.
Ignore all Pings
Don’t login into Facebook, twitter or chat. Don’t check your emails. Let nothing distract you before the interview.
Rehearse Before The Interview
Just a few minutes left now before the interview starts. So it’s time to try a technique of boosting confidence, improving focus and positivity called Mental Dress Rehearsal. Quite simply relax, take a deep breath, close your eyes and then visualize yourself, going in for the interview and acing it with a bang.
That’s it. You’re ready to dazzle them and get this job. We know it.