Whether you stutter or not, job interviews are among life’s most difficult tests. The first thing to remember is that interviews are very tough for everybody; not just you. Here are seven tips to make your next job interview your best job interview.
1. Be prepared.
Before any interview, do your homework. Find out everything you can about the company or organization. Know the person or people you will be meeting.
2. Practice, practice, practice.
Think about the questions you will most likely be asked and how you will answer each. Practice words and sentences that you will likely use to answer those questions. Practice how you will discuss your experience or your career. Practice how you will discuss the value you can bring to the organization. Simulate the interview through role-play with a friend or family member.
3. Be aware of your skills, abilities and experiences.
Be able to talk about how you can contribute to the organization. Show that you believe you can do the job by referring to your skills, abilities and experience. Be prepared to discuss your stuttering. Be open, honest and transparent. Tell the employer how it will not impact your ability to get the job done. If you feel comfortable with doing so, tell the employer at the very beginning of the interview about your stuttering—this way you can better control the discussion about it.
4. Be ready to ask relevant questions.
The interview is not only for the employer. The interview is also for you to learn about the position and to see if it really is for you. If you are properly prepared, you should know about the position and be able to ask questions that are relevant to you. Prepare to ask at least three questions during the interview.
5. Don't be late for the interview.
Plan your time to arrive early and compose yourself before the interview. Check your appearance in the restroom mirror before checking in at the interview. Take enough time to compose yourself before meeting the employer. Stress can exacerbate stuttering for many people. Limit stress by being punctual.
6. Be confident.
An employer will not be trying to trip you up during the interview. If you don’t believe you are the best person for the job, why should the employer? Believe in yourself. Keep good eye contact during the interview. Sit tall. Smile often. Be engaging when listening. Be enthusiastic when answering. Make sure you give everyone a firm handshake.
7. Don't be discouraged if you do not get the job.
Remember that there are probably many applicants and that only one will get the job. Learn from the experience and aim to be better at the next interview.