You have extensive experience, deep expertise, and all the necessary skills. And yet, when it comes to the job interview, you’re reduced to a bundle of nerves. Sound familiar?
If it does, you’re not alone. Even the most experienced job candidates get nervous before and during their big day. It’s only natural when you consider all that’s at stake. The good news is that there are some steps you can take to help you get over these jitters and walk into your next interview with confidence. Here’s a look at 4 of them:
Practice stress relief.
In the days before the interview, take the time to exercise, go do something fun, eat nutritious foods, and get plenty of rest. When you’re feeling more relaxed, it will translate into better performance during your interview.
Prepare for common questions.
Another step to take before the interview is to prepare yourself for common questions. It’s impossible to know exactly what a hiring manager will ask you. But you can search online for typical interview questions and prepare answers ahead of time for those. Even if you aren’t asked those exact ones, this process forces you to think about your skills, experience and accomplishments that are most important to highlight during the interview. That way, you’re ready to talk about them in whatever capacity the hiring manager asks.
Plan for the worst.
Think about the worst case scenario and then plan for it. For instance, what would you do if you got stuck in traffic and were running late? Make sure you have the hiring manager’s contact information with you so you can call. Or how would you respond to a tricky interview question? Be proactive and prepare ahead of time so you’re more confident walking into the interview. By thinking through these kinds of scenarios, you’ll feel more reassured knowing you can handle them if they occur.
Give yourself a pep talk.
You are smart, capable and confident. Talking to yourself and telling yourself this before your interview will help you feel more confident. Or, have a friend or family member talk to you the morning of the interview and remind you how qualified you are for the role.
At the end of the day, keep in mind that this is just a conversation. The hiring manager is trying to assess whether you’re a good fit for the job. At the same time, it’s your opportunity to evaluate whether the role is right for you too. So not all the pressure’s on you.
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