“I just hope I don’t embarrass myself in the interview”

Sound familiar?  This is something we hear fairly frequently from clients when they first come to Hilt for interview training.

We hear it mostly from clients who are interviewing for internal promotion roles and probably already know their interviewers through work.   As much as they don’t want to embarrass themselves in the interview – and let’s face it – who does – this is NOT A STRATEGY FOR DOING A GOOD INTERVIEW. “I hope I won’t be absolutely terrible” is setting your aims so low you may as well not bother showing up.  You need to back yourself to do a great interview.

Instead of setting yourself a goal of just surviving the ordeal and walking out of there still breathing, change your target. Tell yourself that you want to leave the interview feeling you have done yourself justice and that you gave yourself a fighting chance.   Why would you purposefully allow yourself to aim for mediocrity when you can achieve excellence?   Recently a client called us straight after their interview and proudly told us “I left it all in there – I gave it everything”.   That was their aim going in there.  Not “I hope I’m not too awful.”   They got the job.

We posted some advice recently on how to build up your confidence for going into your interview.  You can read it here.

Hilt provides interview training to help you excel at interviews.  Contact us to find out how we can help you.

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