Graduate recruitment and beating interview nerves

By: John Bult

Youcould be highly accomplished at any skill or activity, but be reduedto the level of a beginner simply because you can't control yournerves. So if you are facing graduate recruitment processes and arean excellent candidate but incredibly nervous, what can you do?

Firsltyyou need to understand the root of nerves. Most forms of stress andanxiety are caused by uncertainty, if you can minimise or remove theuncertainty, you will effectively deal with the stress or nerves. Lets look at a few things that will be your nerves in the graduaterecruitment process.

  • Do the journey to your interview venue in advance. There's nothingmore stressful than setting off to your interview and starting tothink along the way you might not make it! There's no need for thissource of nerves. Do the journey in advance and time it, then add20% onto the time and leave yourself this much time to allow fortraffic Jams and such like. If you have a long an unpredictablejourney, go the night before and stay in a Travellodge, it may bethe best investment you've ever made.

  • Reseacrh your company thoroughly. In graduate recruitment it's anear certainty you will be asked what you know about the company. Here's another uncertainty that can easily be removed. Invest timeon the internet to learn all you can about the company. Ifnecessary ring up their marketing department, or speak to a salesrepresentative. Go over board on you research and you will not beworrying about not being able to answer their questions on thissubject.

  • Research your interviewer in advance. Not knowing who you're goingto meet and what they're like is always stressful, but aginunnecessary. If you have used a graduate recruitment agency, speakwith your consultant to learn what the recruiting manager is like. If, as part of your research you can get hold of a representative,this can also be another opportunity to learn about yourinterviewer. do this well and you'll not only be less nervous, butalso you'll be better placed to deliver an effective interview.

  • Exercise before the interview. Your body is full of wonderfulhormones called endorphins which are released upon exercise aroundyour body. These hormones delver an incredibly relaxing feeling. If you've ever worked out in a Gym, then showered afterwards, thatfeeling of relaxation is created by endorphins. It's almostimpossible to feel nervous when you're drowning in endorphins. Ifyou're interview is in a hotel, turn up 2 hours early and use theirgym, it'll cost you around ?5, an excellent investment!

  • Play the numbers game. For all sorts of invisible reasons thegraduate recruitment game will always be a numbers game, you may notget jobs for reasons you will never know that are nothing to do withyour abilities. So apply to jobs in numbers and increase yourchances this way. You will always feel less nervous when you knowtoday's opportunity is only one of many you have to go at.

Giventhe root cause of stress is uncertainty, it's easy to how graduaterecruitment is so stressful. The whole of the rest of your lifedepnds on itHealth Fitness Articles, and that's quite a big uncertainty. Follow these tipsand you'll give yourself a much better chance of landing a graduatejob.

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