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Keeping calm at interviews

  • It’s OK to bring or ask for a drink of water before the interview starts.
  • As the interview progresses, allow yourself time to think before answering every question. Taking a breath slows the pace of speech down and gives you a moment to get your thoughts together. This might help you make your points clearly and avoid garbling.
  • Use holding phrases to buy time to think. For example, saying ‘that’s a really interesting question, can I take a moment to think about it?’ can give you time to calm your thoughts and word your answer clearly.
  • Don’t be afraid to say that there may be some skills that you don’t have yet. If you explain you are keen to learn, employers are often happy to train you.

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