the first of a new series, experts answer your career-related dilemmas.
This month Susie Warner from Gloucestershire asks: “I hate speaking in front of strangers –
how am I going to get through a job interview?” Professional
voice coach Alan Woodhouse replies.
Interviews can be daunting but there are ways to keep your cool. Professional voice coach, Alan Woodhouse explains how:
“Focus on the job as much as possible – what it is, what expertise or qualities you need to be able to do it – rather than on yourself. If you were in the interviewer's place, what would you want to know? It’s likely to be that the person you are interviewing wants the job; has some background making them suitable for the job; has thought about what the job entails and how it might be done well; has researched the company and the position as much as possible and has ideas of what they could contribute. All of these are positive actions. When we focus on action we can help ourselves to forget our nerves and negative thoughts. Remember, they are seeing you, rather than choosing to see someone else, so they must have seen some evidence that you are capable. Stay in control of your feelings by focussing on breathing: be aware of your breath coming into the body and going out of the body. In and out – it's a cycle. Breathe out for an extra second: you'll find you breathe in more deeply. It will relax you. Breathe out for another extra second. Enjoy breathing in deeply. Finally, listen to the interviewer: don't get too carried away with your own ideas that you don't engage with them.”
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