Job interviews can be very stressful, even for the most confident person. Most people get nervous to some extent before and during an interview. You want to do your best to ease your job interview nerves because if you are nervous, it will likely show.
The interviewer is looking to hire someone who is confident in their skills and abilities, and shaking hands and a wavering voice doesn’t really communicate confidence.
To come across as confident and in control, a little preparation goes a long way.
Calm Your Interview Nerves
If you become anxious, here are some steps you can take to eliminate your job interview nerves:
1. Ask Yourself, “Why am I so nervous?”
Give yourself a boost of self-confidence and remind yourself of the valuable skills you have to offer.
2. Concentrate on the Information Being Provided
Instead of focusing on how you appear or how your answers are being taken, focus on what information they are sharing with you.
3. Learn About the Company
Before your interview, take the time to research the company. When were they founded? Who is the CEO? What are their growth goals? Being knowledgeable about the company will help calm your jitters and make you look prepared for the interview.
4. Find a Way to Relax
Consider going for a walk or watching TV before the interview. It will boost your confidence and ease you into a comfortable state by distracting you from overthinking.
5. Try on Your Outfit the Night Before
Make sure you check that your outfit is clean and still fits correctly to avoid unexpected surprises in the morning.
6. Get Plenty of Rest
Well rested is the way to go! Also, try to avoid consuming caffeinated beverages the night before your interview so you sleep well.
7. Make Sure to Eat
Some interviews may last hours, and eating will help you think clearly and respond more appropriately.
8. Give Yourself Plenty of Travel Time
Plan to arrive at your destination 15-30 minutes early so you have time to collect your thoughts and so you have a cushion for traffic or getting lost.
9. Practice Responding to Test Interview Questions
It is highly likely that you will be getting the questions or some slight variation from those questions that you practice. The more you practice, the more confident you will become!
It relaxes you and it helps you make a great first impression.
Final Interview Tips
Most importantly, try your best to think of the interview as a conversation. Remember, if you were invited in for an interview, they are likely confident you have the skills required to do the job. The interviewer is really just trying to get to know you and see if you would be a good person to work with.
So, take a deep breath and try your best to be personable and show them why they should WANT to work with you.
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