Interviewing for a job can be a very nerve-wracking situation. Unfortunately, as hard as it may be to avoid, being nervous and stressed prior to an interview is not likely going to help your chances. The key to calming your nerves, and hopefully nailing the interview, is to identify what elements worry you the most about interviewing and then taking steps to prevent them from getting the best of you. This way you can march into that room with a clear mind and the confidence to blow potential employers away!
I recently went through a rather strenuous interview process myself and wanted to share a few tips that I found beneficial:
1. Be prepared. Being thrown off by an unexpected question is one of the biggest fears interviewees have. In the days leading up to your interview do some homework on the company and the position you are applying for. Also prepare answers to these notorious questions regarding your past experiences, career goals, your strengths and weaknesses ahead of time to eliminate being caught off guard if asked.
2. Dress to impress. It's a given that you want to look clean and professional when going to a job interview, but this is just as much for you as it is for them. Picking an outfit that is comfortable and you feel good in will help boost your confidence. Try to avoid restricting clothing, feeling like you can't move will not help your anxiety!
3. Play some music. En route to your interview loosen up a little by listening to music. Pick a few favorite tunes that are sure to pump you up and get you in a good mood. Something upbeat, yet light, works for me...I listened to the Plain White Tees on my way to the interview, "Hey There Delilah" never fails to make me smile! Old school hits that remind you of more care-free younger days work well also!
4. Take a minute. Once you get to the location, sit in your car for a moment to compose yourself. It's always a good idea to show up to your interview a few minutes early, but try to allow yourself a little extra time before going in. Take a few deep breaths, give yourself a little pep talk, check to make sure there is nothing in your teeth, and off you go!
Best of luck!!
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