Mindset is half the battle at interview

Posted on November 28, 2017
Author: Lifeatspecsavers

You have sent your CV, tick. You have managed to secure an interview, tick. You have ironed your shirt or dress, tick. Okay, you are ready to go. You know they like you otherwise they wouldn’t be meeting you. You’re a hard worker, dedicated and absolutely perfect for the job. There’s just one small problem…interviews turn you into a jelly-like state!

Fear not, help is at hand and you will be pleased to know that you’re not the only one to feel like this.

Half the battle with an interview is controlling your mindset and being able to manage the anxiety and adrenaline that kicks in when you put yourself in a situation that potentially makes you feel uncomfortable. Being able to manage all of this will help your performance. You can either let the interview take control of you or you take control of the interview; channelling all those nerves into an energy that helps you put in a performance you will be proud of and leave the Director with no option but to hire you.

What can help?

  • Make sure you do at least one test run to the Specsavers store you will be interviewing at in the lead up to the day, at the same time your interview would be. This will make you feel at ease on the morning of the interview as you know exactly where you’re going and how long it will take.
  • Make sure you arrive at the store in good time and try to get to the reception 10-15 minutes prior to your interview. This will give you a chance to gather your thoughts, possibly get a drink of water, use the bathroom and relax in the knowledge that you are now at least at the interview destination.
  • Your nerves will have built up on the way and may be at their peak now that you are in reception, but this is your time to breathe and gather your thoughts. Breathing is key, slow it down and reduce your blood pressure. Take deep breaths and focus on why doing well in this interview is so important. Remind yourself that you’ve prepared and have all the skills and experience for this job.
  • Keep in mind that whilst you are meeting someone who could have a significant impact on your career aspirations, it’s their priority to check how suitable you are for their opportunity. They are not there to ask trick questions which won’t help them achieve that. They are curious and consider you as a strong potential candidate, otherwise they wouldn’t be meeting you. No matter how senior they may be, they are just another human being doing their job.
  • The interview time has arrived and the Store Director walks in. Stand up and, with good eye contact, shake their hand. This will put you at ease, because it has both allowed you to demonstrate your confidence and given you the opportunity to make that all-important eye contact. It’s okay to get into some small talk about the weather or traffic, as long as it’s brief and makes you both feel at ease.

That’s it, you are now in the interview and you are well on the way to securing that job at Specsavers! And it only took a few tweaks for you to change your mindset.

For further support on how to secure a new role at Specsavers, drop our in-house recruitment team a message at uk.recruitment@specsavers.com