The entire interview process is nerve-wracking. All of your job searching effort boils down to this moment – the face to face interview. With so much riding on such a brief meeting, it’s no wonder that people get nervous.
Preparing for an interview takes time. You need to know your stuff, study up on interview questions, research the company, and check in to see if you can name drop. Just getting to the interview can make your palms sweat. Then sitting outside with a nervous fidget, waiting to be called. Finally when you make it inside, your heart is pounding and you’re forgetting everything you practiced saying.
Interviews are frustrating. If you can calm your nerves before and during an interview, you’ll increase your chances of impressing your interviewer. During an interview first impressions are made by both parties. It’s easy to forget that you’re interviewing them too.
Here are a few tips to help you remain calm during your next interview:
- Be prepared.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- If you’re unsure about something, call and ask HR your questions before you go.
- Pretend you’re talking to your best friend.
- Stand up before you go into the interview. Your body and posture will dictate how you present yourself.
- Be confident.
- Discuss your strengths and how they will help the company. Don’t focus on the negative.
- Have questions ready to ask the employer.
- Think about what you’re going to say before you say it.
- If you mess up, don’t worry. It happens.
Remember that if you’ve made it to the interview round, you’ve already impressed them with your resume. Now, they just want to get to know you and see how you think. Once you’re in the “hot seat” just be yourself. That’s who they want to hire.
Take a deep breath, calm your nerves, and remember this article so that your next job interview will be stress free. Good luck!