How to manage the pressure of a job interview
A job interview is always a nerve-racking experience for a candidate, but a recent survey suggests it’s even more stressful for an interviewer.
Here’s how to manage pressure.
Read more 1/5 How to ask for a raise When you’re starting out, it can feel as if you’re being ignored.
But, as time goes on, your company is getting bigger, and you’re getting more and more recognition.
When you’ve worked hard for a position, you might be expecting more than a promotion or a pay rise.
So ask for one.
This could mean you’re asking for a salary increase or a promotion.
Or it could mean asking for an annual bonus or a new perk package.
“It’s really important that you give people something to look forward to,” says Rachel, a senior marketing strategist at a large company.
2/5 When you get a promotion, it’s not always obvious whether you should accept it or not.
You might think you’ve earned it, but there’s a good chance you’ve not.
If you’re not getting the promotion that you’d like, it could be because you’re struggling to find work.
This might sound trivial, but it can be extremely damaging to your career.
So don’t accept a promotion just because it’s tempting.
Instead, consider whether you deserve it or if it’s an opportunity to make a real change.
3/5 If you do accept the promotion, you may not be aware that it’s been a while since you were promoted.
Your boss may be happy with your performance and you may even be able to convince him or her that you deserve to get a raise.
But this might be a little too much to ask.
“You’re not going to get promoted just because you’ve been doing well,” says Jessica.
“I’ve worked really hard for 10 years and I haven’t been able to get my pay rise.”
4/5 It’s important to make sure you’re doing well.
It’s normal to get stressed when you’re trying to find new work, but the more stress you put on yourself, the more likely it is that you’ll end up on the receiving end of a promotion that’s not what you wanted.
“Even if you don’t get a bonus, the employer is going to see that you’re working really hard,” says Alex.
“That can be a really good thing.
If it’s a great pay rise or a bonus or the opportunity to work with someone who has a different set of skills, it might make a big difference to the whole company.”
5/5 Make sure you get enough sleep.
When it comes to getting the job done, it may be helpful to put on a bit more weight.
“People who have more weight on their body have a greater risk of obesity,” says Anna.
“They’re more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or develop a condition called hypertension.
And they also tend to have more diabetes and are more likely than others to be diagnosed with cancer.
So you can’t just say, ‘I’m tired, I’m not going out for dinner’ or ‘I’ve got too much work to do’,” says Rachel.
Instead consider how much you’re enjoying the work you’re performing.