A tough job interview can knock your confidence and make you doubt your skills. If you want to stay composed during the big day and get the job, heed these tips.

How Will You Survive a Tough Job Interview?

1. Practice before the big day.

While you know what’s on your resume, it’s easy to forget crucial details during a tough job interview. This is where preparation really pays off. Practice answering a few hard questions and review the job description. Identify any requirements where your skills don’t match up and once you understand your weak points for the role, plan how to discuss them with the interviewer.

2. Control the situation.

While it’s normal to become ruffled and rush your answers when faced with a hostile interview style, don’t show it to the interviewer. As your potential employer, he wants to make sure you can keep your cool when the situation gets rough. Yet, if you feel that the interviewer is pressuring you, take back the control by setting the pace for the discussion.One of the easiest ways to keep your poise during a tough job interview is to repeat the question back to the interviewer slowly but with confidence. It will calm the tone of the interview and will give you a few seconds to think about your answer.

3. Stroke the interviewer’s ego.

If you want your assessor to drop his guard and be “nicer,” show him that you’re interested in his work. Ask the interviewer questions related to his role in the company or how many staff he is managing. People enjoy talking about themselves and their achievements. If you can get the interviewer to share something about him during a tough job interview, you’ll build a rapport with him and create a more relaxed atmosphere. Yet, keep the questions relevant to the role you’re applying for to avoid going off topic.

4. Prove that you are serious about the job.

A tough job interview discourages many candidates. After the talk, they’ll assume that it didn’t go well and decide that they don’t want to pursue the job. Thus, most tough and shrewd interviewers do not receive follow up emails from their interviewees. Break the habit and send the interviewer a friendly, professional email or note. Thank him for his time and say you enjoyed meeting him. This will reassure him that the pressure of the interview didn’t scare you off and that you’re serious. An email will give you a chance to cover any topics, too, that you missed in the interview and dispel any doubts the assessor had about you.

Tough job interviews can be challenging and stressful. If you will survive it, it means you’re resilient and professional. Remember, too, that a job interview is a chance for you to assess the firm and your future would-be colleagues. If you believe your interviewer is being rude and haughty instead of just acting harsh to test you, perhaps he wouldn’t make such a great future boss after all.

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Sources: Guardian News and Media Limited, LiveCareer, StepStone
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