Six in ten women strug­gle to ar­tic­u­late their thoughts in job in­ter­views, a re­cent study found. Emma gives her top tips

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At some point in A your life, you’ll prob­a­bly be sit­ting across a desk from some­one ask­ing you a bunch of ques­tions. And it’s com­pletely un­der­stand­able that you might feel ner­vous.

Re­search shows that six in ten women strug­gle to ar­tic­u­late their thoughts and ideas dur­ing in­ter­views, and 15 per cent reckon their read­ing, writ­ing or com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills have hin­dered them. These con­cerns tend to be rooted in a lack of con­fi­dence.

At in­ter­views, you need to be­lieve in your­self if you’re go­ing to con­vince the in­ter­viewer that you’re the best per­son for the job. If you walk in crip­pled with fear, you have a moun­tain to climb, be­cause you have around five sec­onds to make a pos­i­tive first im­pres­sion. Dress the part, walk tall and smile con­fi­dently as you ar­rive. Be thor­oughly pre­pared. Re­search the po­si­tion, role and com­pany and write down and re­hearse po­ten­tial an­swers to ob­vi­ous ques­tions. Pre­pare ques­tions to ask at the end, too, per­haps about com­pany ben­e­fits or the ca­reer tra­jec­tory. This shows that you are or­gan­ised and can see the big­ger pic­ture pro­fes­sion­ally. If you don’t un­der­stand a ques­tion, ask them to ex­plain, and if you re­ally don’t know the an­swer then be hon­est, but re­in­force that you’re a quick learner.

Ev­ery­one will have had a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence. Em­ploy­ers want har­mo­nious and hard­work­ing staff, so don’t sweat the small stuff and in­stead see the in­ter­view as a pos­i­tive plat­form to pro­mote how great you are.

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