Often the best way of achieving career growth is to look for opportunities at a different company.

This can be nerve-racking but essential for those who wish to climb the career ladder and become experts in their field. Interviews are always worrying as you are keen to make a good impression and probably very keen to get the job.

This does not need to be the case.

The nervousness before an interview is no different to the butterflies in your stomach before public speaking.

Fortunately, by following a few simple tips, it is possible to control your nerves and really shine:

Who are you?

One of the most common questions in an interview is “Why don’t you tell me a bit about yourself?” It is the question that often leaves people floundering as you try to work out what the interviewer wants to hear. In fact, the answer is very simple. The interviewer really wants to know how your personality, skill set, hobbies and background make you not just suitable for the post but the obvious choice.

The best way to prepare for this question is to think about the moment you decided to apply for this vacancy. At that point you felt you could do the job and obviously had reasons to back that claim up. That is what you need to be telling the interviewer. The same principle applies in any public speaking post – know why you are doing this.

Are you confident or enthusiastic?

In fact, you need to be both. But this needs to be a balancing act. Confidence in your ability to do a job comes from how you see yourself. Enthusiasm is based on feelings. Enjoying something will make you enthusiastic. In an ideal world you should be able to match a reason for being confident with an enthusiastic motive. With this information at hand, you will be able to express the right amount of passion and knowledge to impress any interviewer or audience.

Online profiles

Online profiles on websites such as LinkedIn may be how you have been noticed for an interview. It may be that this is the information you used on the application. Even if it is neither of these, it is imperative not to regurgitate this information. Any information which is in the public domain may have already been read by the interviewer or audience.

The information will need to be portrayed but in a different format. You should practice integrating this information into conversations and answers. In particular, your previous job roles or relevant experience will need to be reviewed. It is often helpful to do a mock interview with a friend.

Limit it

There’s nothing worse for an interviewer than having to deal with candidate who never finishes what he wants to say. Bad public speaking abilities might have a negative impact on your chances to land a certain job.

Not only is it difficult to conduct the interview, but their whole daily schedule might be thrown out. The lasting impression you will leave is that you love to talk and work will suffer. It is important to answer every question properly but you must ensure this is done succinctly. Short, monosyllable answers are not enough; there needs to be a balance between getting the information across and waffling.


It is rare that any job is completely independent. It is therefore essential to accentuate your team player skills. The simplest way is to include a piece when telling of your achievements. Always add how your achievement affected the team, how they supported it and if it had any benefit to the company as a whole. Not only will this emphasis your ability to be a team player but it will show that you look at the wider picture and think of the whole company not just your role.

Do you want to have a thriving career? Do you want people to look up to you and admire you? Because if that’s the case you must have sensible public speaking abilities; these will help your career advance faster and with even higher chances for success. Don’t let others use anesthetic techniques to take you down, and have a professional attitude when holding speeches and presentations no matter what happens on that stage.

By Steve Brown and LondonSpeakerBureau.com!