Interviews are always stressful, even for job seekers who have gone on countless interviews. The best way to reduce the stress is to be prepared.
In short, here are the key factors:
During the course of the interview you might be asked a number of fairly standard questions. Let's take a quick look on some obvious ones:
You must know your CV inside and out. Be prepared to explain any decisions you've made on previous career moves. Prepare to be confident about talking about your key achievements. But also think hard about previous interviews you have had where some of the questions asked proved difficult, or some of your own answers seemed unsatisfying.
Take a look at these frequently asked interview questions:
Try and identify areas of weakness in your CV. Get friends to have a look at your CV, and ask them to honestly point to areas which may concern a potential employer. You then need to prepare to be asked about these areas, and have explanations ready.
Weaknesses to prepare for:
Some questions are harder than others. It depends on the weak spots in your CV and your personality. Consider for instance this question: Why are you leaving your job?
You must be direct and focus your interview answer on the future. Especially if your leaving wasn't under the best of circumstances.
Perhaps you are dreading this question. A possible answer to this could be: "I usually have good relationships with everyone, but this case was an exception. We just didn't get on well. I'm not sure why."
If you haven't done it already, you must run through the lists of uncomfortable questions you might be facing. Prepare your answers, otherwise you may struggle. Often the hard ones are about personal relationships:
Let's sum up the key preparation you can do:
Do some more preparation for frequently asked interview questions: