Tips And Tricks For Pre-Interview Anxiety

Getting to the interview stage of an internship or job is always an achievement. It means that a potential employer or supervisor has seen your CV, and decided that you could be a potential fit within their workplace. The important thing to remember is that in situations where we want to impress or put ourselves in a position to secure our future, it’s normal to feel a bit stressed out and nervous. Interviews for internships and jobs may seem like high-stakes events, especially if you’re new to your chosen industry, but having too much stress and anxiety can actually be counterproductive. As a result, it’s helpful to have a few tips and tricks on hand so that you can reassure yourself that you are worthy of professional success, no matter what level of your career you’re at.

Here are our best tips and tricks to help you tackle pre-interview anxiety and come out of the interview feeling proud of yourself.

1. Research about the role

If you’re new to your industry of choice or interviewing in general, then it’s best to find out about the role in more detail before you start to prepare your interview answers. Having a list of the day to day responsibilities and expectations can give you more perspective and insight. Imagine going to an interview and not knowing about the role – it sounds absurd, right? The reality is many people don’t prepare effectively or are bothered to find this out themselves. While researching, you might come across something related to the role or industry that piques your interest that you’d like to know more about, and coming into an interview with a question that shows your enthusiasm puts you in a really good position in their eyes.

2. Find out more about the company

After doing some research about the role that you’ve applied for, it’s best to have a look at the company itself on their website. Their website should give you a clear overview about their values and their purpose. It’s important that they align with your personal goals. Essentially, you’re browsing to see if you can see yourself working there and fitting in with the company culture!

3. Prepare your answers

Practise makes perfect, and it’s no different in the lead up to an interview. There are many questions that are asked during an interview that are almost universal to any role and are more about yourself as a professional. Questions like “tell me about yourself” require an answer that is well thought out, and while it may be tempting to answer with the details of your life, that’s not what they’re looking for. An interviewer will be looking for a succinct answer that demonstrates a clear indication of who you are as a person in relation to your career goals and trajectory. Talking about some of your shared values that are relevant to the role can also be advantageous. You don’t want to come across as too robotic though – customise your answers to particular experiences you’ve had or things you’ve learned in your degree. If you’ve had an internship opportunity, then this is the perfect time to flex.


4. Practise self-soothing techniques to ease anxiety in the moment

It’s important to remember that interview situations can be stressful, but having some strategies in place to help you along the way can alleviate some feelings of anxiety. If your anxiety often gets the best of you, even if you’re someone who has a way with words, then calming self-affirmations can help. Another great method of de-stressing is doing power stances, where you briefly make yourself appear more powerful by doing poses. This can not only improve posture and increase confidence; it can also promote better circulation. There are so many benefits to doing power stances that even the most confident and self-assured person can take something positive from them! The best strategies are ones you can use at any moment, and ones that are personally beneficial to you.

You can ace your interview even if you’re feeling anxious. It can be helpful to remember that the people who are interviewing you are regular people as well – they all started in the same position as you, and had to go through interviews to get to where they are on their career journey. Most interviewers know that they are stressful situations and they try their best to make the process go smoothly for everyone involved. They might even get pre-interviewer anxiety too, but the ability to remain calm will put everyone at ease.

If you’re interested in a tailored approach with more tips and tricks for interview preparation, then consider Premium Graduate Placements’ interview coaching to help you present your best self in a professional environment. Best of luck for the interview, and remember that putting yourself out there in the working world deserves to be rewarded!

Insight into a Finance Internship

Premium Graduate Placements Presents:An Insight into a Financial Internship

This week, Premium Graduate Placements sat down with one of our interns, Amith, to gain some insight into his motivations for pursuing a career in finance, his perspective on the necessary skills required for the industry, and his overall finance internship experience.

“Academically I studied economics all the way through my undergraduate and postgraduate studies-in multiple institutions. My undergraduate studies were at the LSE in London. In 2009, when I first commenced my studies, London was still revered as one of the global centres of finance.


This also prompted some very big businesses to have their global HQ in London, so the careers available were varied, but the competition was ruthless. You would find yourself competing against graduates of some of the top-tier institutions in Europe-for any chosen career.”

In light of the Global Financial Crisis, with global economic slowdown hitting Europe especially, the increased number of lay-offs forced previously skilled individuals to retrain and return to study. As Amith puts it, “the economic climate was gloomy and chances of getting a job, especially for international students, were slim and narrow.”

Thus, Amith believed that in order to be competitive in the job market, there was only one real solution; obtaining as much experience as possible to stand out of the crowd.

We asked Amith he enjoyed most about finance, and what drove him to the industry in general.
“The appeal of finance for me was never the prospects of a career offering huge sums of money-quite contrarian. It was always the prospect of helping individuals, corporations and the ability to apply what I have garnered academically over the years.” He went on to add that in order for him to achieve these goals therefore, it wasn’t a difficult decision to undertake a finance internship from Premium Graduate Placements.

In order to effectively fulfil his duties, Amith went on to list what he thought, in his experience, were some necessary skills that must be obtained to be successful in the financial sector. These included the ability to read and interpret financial statements, the ability to calculate and convey metrics of risk and returns to clients, and the ability to structure the appropriate protocols of engagement for clients to access and redeem funds. In addition to this, Amith believes that in order to set yourself apart from the crowd, you need to be able to convince potential clients to invest with you.

“Knowing the content of what you are offering helps but everyone else is doing the same, hence it is pertinent that you work to offer creative solutions to clients and offer solutions that are arranged around them and are relevant to them.”

Going back to the Global Financial Crisis, Amith realised that in order for him to actually secure any meaningful employment in finance, he had to complement his education with relevant work experience. Amith says he enjoys his current placement selected by Premium Graduates Placements.

“My current placement has all the elements of a career in finance; I get to interact with clients, I get to analyse things and I also get to talk to the Principal who sits right next door to me and talk strategy and business development.”

So far, Amith has worked on the company’s marketing efforts to better augment their capacity to reach clients, setting up new divisions of growth and returns, and has been responsible for streamlining old practices to better improve internal organisation protocols.

“My finance internship has enabled to display how I can add value to the enterprise and they have allowed me to expand beyond my routine of “regular” work. The resources for personal growth and development are there and one is most welcome to use it, hone it and utilise it to help the client and the business. This wouldn’t have been quite possible if Premium Graduate Placements weren’t mindful of what I looked for in a career. Thankfully they listened and subsequently they delivered.”

Long-term, Amith looks to managing his own fund, and at this stage, is hoping to focus more on what specific skill areas he is lacking and where best to direct some of his improvements going forward.

On behalf of Premium Graduate Placements, Amith, we wish you all the very best in your future pursuits!

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You’ve come all this way in the recruitment process. You’ve sent through your CV, and you’ve received that all-important phone call for an interview. Great! Now what?

Interviews are integral as it is your opportunity to market and sell yourself to your potential new employers, and state why YOU are the best fit for the job. It is also your opportunity to gather useful information about a potential employer to see how well you will fit within their business. Ultimately, the way you respond to an employer’s invitation to interview, interact with staff whilst in the office, and your ability to stay focused and relaxed, will undoubtedly play a part in communicating what YOU are all about.

Here are a few handy little tips to help you nail that interview and get you on your way to landing that job.


There is a saying that goes ‘if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. Preparation is crucial in giving a good first impression to your potential employer. Make sure that you first mentally prepare for the interview. This includes gaining a detailed understanding of what your role will entail, what the organisation does, and the team that you will be working with. Using sources such as LinkedIn, Instagram, as well as the company website, press releases and annual reports, will assist you in understanding how the company operates. Additionally, you should take the opportunity to learn about its history, areas of growth and financial performance, as well as its own managerial culture and how it may potentially align with your own values.

preparation for interview

Preparation doesn’t just stop at learning about the company. Self-reflection is extremely important. Try and list all of your experiences, all of your skills that you’ve developed, your professional achievements, your goals and aspirations, and how all of these make up the person you are today. Be sure to list your key characteristics, skills and capabilities, as well as what interests you most about the role and how you can assist the organisation in meeting their goals, as the interviewer is certain to ask you to tell them about yourself. A really great way to show your interest in the role is to prepare your own questions to ask in the interview.

The best thing you can do in an interview is to correlate the fit between your capabilities, personality and goals, and the culture, offering and requirements of the organisation. Why should YOU be picked for the role? What makes YOU stand out from other potential candidates?

Mental preparation is key, but so is physical preparation. Get a good night’s sleep so you are well rested for the next day, and make sure you have all your items ready to go. Look up where your interview is taking place, and ensure you are aware of how to get there. If travelling by public transport, allow extra time in case of delays.

dress properly for interview


Dress to Impress:

Unless specified by your interviewer, make sure that you are dressed in business attire. This includes clean, ironed clothes and clean shoes. Be sure to look as presentable as you can. Regarding perfume and cologne, only use one spray as an overpowering smell can negatively impact on your interviewer.

Before you leave:

Give yourself adequate time to review your notes and run through the specific points you wish to make, and leave early enough to arrive at your interview a few minutes head of time.

Final little tips:

Make sure you turn your phone to silent, give yourself time to compose yourself through simple breathing techniques to calm yourself down, and tidy yourself up, checking your face, clothes and hair. When you’re finally face to face with the interviewer, greet them by name, firmly shake their hand and most importantly, smile! Your first impression is crucial.

Good luck! 🙂