It is very normal to feel nervous leading up to an important job interview. Just thinking about being interviewed is stressful for most people.
But you’ve got to find a way to handle your anxiety well before you walk in the door so that it won’t affect your interview. If you can’t overcome the jitters, you won’t be at your best in the interview.
To help you be cool, calm and collected in your interview:
Do your research well ahead of time. Find out about the company you’re interviewing with, their products and services, the company culture and anything else you can think of. If you have the name(s) of the people interviewing you, find out what you can about them too. This will all help you to be confident in the interview.
Determine what main points you want to emphasize during your interview. Practice how to talk about your job experience to emphasize those key points. Think back on your accomplishments so that you can tell stories to demonstrate your ability to perform in this job. Relate experiences that would be important to this company. Keep practicing this until you have it down pat.
When you plan everything out ahead of time it will help you be confident. Select just the right clothes, making sure they’re perfectly cleaned and pressed, know where you’re going, and have plenty of copies of your resume printed out.
Get out your GPS to determine where you will be going and how long it will take to get there in traffic. You can even drive over there to be sure. Or if you take public transportation, it would definitely make sense for you to time the trip. Leave early because there may be traffic or other delays.
Try not to think of this as a “test.” If you can reframe your thoughts to view the interview as a “meeting” so you can meet a potential employer so the two of you can see if you like each other and if you would be a good fit for the position. Changing your thinking will affect how you approach the interview and help quell the nerves.
The person interviewing you is a normal human being, not someone to be feared. Yes, a job interview is an important event, but at the end of the day it’s just the two of you meeting for the first time and asking some questions to get the information needed to find out if this is the job for you.
Keep things in perspective with your eye on the goal. If this isn’t the job for you, don’t beat yourself up. There are other interviews to be had and more jobs to pursue. Just keep going and you will land the job you want.
These suggestions can help you overcome your nerves and keep them intact during the interview. These may seem insignificant, but these strategies can make all the difference in the world.
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