There’s no doubt that interviews can be incredibly stressful but you can minimise your stress levels by following WorkWisdom’s nine stress busting interview preparation tips to help you focus on what’s important – the interview!

1. Do your research

Knowing what the company does is essential to the quality of your interview so spend time researching the company’s products and services, industry, target market, annual sales, structure, history etc. Are there any new trends in the industry? What do you know about their competitors? The more you know, the more you’ll be able to understand how your role fits within the organisational structure and where you can contribute most.

2. Know your skills

Spend time going through your CV and the job description. Prepare specific examples of where your skills and experience match the job role so that you know exactly how they relate to the position.

3. Identify your strengths and weaknesses

Be prepared to talk about your weaknesses, but find a way to frame them positively. For example, “My biggest weakness is that I am a perfectionist. It may take me a little extra time to get a project done to my satisfaction, but you can be guaranteed that the work will pass even the most stringent review, be 100% accurate and that no detail will be overlooked.”

4. Ask questions

Your earlier research will help you to formulate interesting questions to ask the recruiter. Questions demonstrate to the interviewer that you have done your homework and indicate that you have a sincere interest in the position and organisation.

5. Prepare your interview wardrobe in advance

Knowing what you’re going to wear to your interview in advance will help you relax. Try on your clothing beforehand and make sure that they’re still well-fitting, in good repair and clean. The rules apply to footwear.

6. Confirm the interview date

Contact the company to confirm the date and time of your interview. Also confirm the name and title of the individual(s) you’ll be meeting. If this information has been confirmed by email – run off a copy of the paperwork in advance to take with you.

7. Get directions to the interview location

Sometimes it’s the most obvious things that can trip you up. There’s nothing more stressful than getting lost on the way to an interview or turning up at the right company but the wrong office – so be sure to double check the directions using a map. If you have time for a practice run a few days beforehand – do it. And don’t forget to allow extra time for the rush hour!

8. Take extra copies of your CV

It’s always a good idea to have a couple of backup copies of your CV handy. Occasionally the interviewer may ask for an additional copy so it’s best to be prepared.

And finally…

9. Get a good night’s sleep!

Your brain needs to run at peak performance and if there is ever a day you need 100% from your brain, it’s at your interview – so relax and get a good night’s rest.