Tuesday 20 February 2018

Are all job interviews a "gamble"?

It’s a “numbers game” and you have to be “in it to win it” as they say.

Many of us look at a job advert and talk ourselves out of applying by thinking that we’re not able to fulfil all the requirements of the post.  We feel it’s too big a gamble. At that moment I challenge you to be brave and apply anyway.

You may also need a “poker face” …or at least a calm exterior

Appearing composed at a job interview is a real asset, even if underneath that the nerves are jangling. Being able to put yourself into a frame of mind where you can convey a relaxed confidence and positive attitude, while listening carefully to what is required of you, can help so long as it is kept at a believable level.

Over confidence and an over relaxed state risks being misinterpreted as being blasé and unfocused – so keep the “performance” balanced and genuine.

Interviews and starting new jobs are often high pressure moments where you’ll need to maintain your composure. Keeping control of your emotions when working at pace, as well as being able to think clearly and act decisively despite being under the spotlight will all help you along the way.

Do you understand the numbers?

It’s also a “numbers game” in a different sense when numerical reasoning is tested as part of the recruitment selection process, so practising quick mental arithmetic is a useful skill to keep as sharp as possible.

Spinning and winning?

Risk and budget management are key skills in today’s job market.  The ability to take a logical approach and fully understand the factors involved should be the basis of clear evidence-based decision making.

Most jobs involve some element of calculated risk taking. Understanding the likelihood of a scenario, being able to do options appraisals and fully appreciate the impact of each potential choice, form a skill set that ensures resources are targeted where they will have the greatest result, reduces waste and maximises efficiency. So have some great examples to use at your next interview.

Stacking your own odds?

Learning to remain calm under pressure, improving your arithmetic and developing robust risk assessment are all skills that will help shorten the odds of being successful at that next interview.  

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