an interview is not an examGraduates can very easily fall into the trap of treating an interview (and preparation for said interview) a bit like an exam.
- By cramming
- By leaving preparation to the last minute (night before or the train journey) and
- By "winging it"
An Interview is a conversation
- Don't get stressed when you don't know an answer - you will get prompts.
- Don't always expect a right (and a wrong) answer
Listen to what the interviewer is saying to you, and respond to it. Don’t let the stuff that you’ve read up on or the stress/nerves crowd out the listening part of your brain so that you continue to ramble and recite prepared answers or research. Not listening is harder to recover from.
Relax and let the conversation flow.
This is an extract from Putting Pen to Paper's upcoming Career Development Workbook.