Interviews can be nerve-wracking, whether you’re sitting across from a hiring manager in an office or speaking to them on a video call from the comfort of your couch.
But interviews are an important part of the hiring process: these conversations give you a chance to show off the skills in your resume and learn more about an organization to help you determine whether an opportunity is the right fit for you. “Remember: an interview isn’t an exam, it should be a conversation,” Google’s Global Head of Recruiting Brendan Castle tells CNBC Make It.
A successful job interview starts with preparation: researching the organization, practicing your responses to possible questions and planning how to follow up with the interviewer after your conversation. Consider these three interview strategies from Castle that can help you stand out and land your dream job:
It might feel counterintuitive at first to tell an interviewer that you’re nervous, but Castle notes that acknowledging your nerves can help calm you down and organize your thoughts during difficult parts of the conversation.
“We understand that you’re a human, it’s okay to be yourself and own your feelings,” he says. If you’re really struggling during an interview, Castle suggests taking a deep breath and politely asking your interviewer for a brief pause.
“For example, you can tell them, ‘I’m a bit nervous, can I take a moment before responding?'” he says. “We actually quite respect statements like that…