If you have a job interview on the horizon, you’ve probably been experiencing some level of anxiety as you look forward to this important day. Interviews are a big deal and a major factor in getting a job offer, so it’s natural to feel some amount of stress. In fact, it’s healthy to have a little bit of this unease as it can keep you sharp.
But too much stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your interview performance, which could lead to the dreaded rejection email.
Follow these four pieces of advice to be calm and professional for your next interview.
Preparation is key to a good interview and will help stomp out interview fears. There are a variety of ways to be prepared for your interview and each way will help you overcome extra stress.
- Do your homework on the company and position. Know everything you can know about the company, who works there, and the position’s role. This will also be a key step for when you develop questions to ask your interviewer.
- Print out extra copies of your resume, pack a notepad, writing utensil, and a list of references. These are basic materials you should have for your interview. Print out enough copies of your resume for everyone you may be interviewing with as well as one for yourself to look at as a reference as you answer questions.
- Practice your responses to interview questions so you can feel more prepared for your interview. This will help you have buttoned-up, yet natural responses, making sure you give your best answers.
Accentuate the Positives
If you are too stressed for a job interview, you can fall into a destructive trap of cynicism and bitterness, because you are thinking of everything that can go wrong. Be sure to focus on the positive opportunities and possible outcomes so you can stay confident and upbeat during your interview. Having a positive outlook will also help you recall your responses clearly and stay focused.
Practice Relaxation & Confidence Boosters
The morning of your interview, and even right before you get to the location, take some time to practice relaxation and confidence-boosting techniques. An easy way to feel calm is to take long, slow breaths in, and slowly exhale as well.
Experts also suggest using the power pose for at least two minutes before leaving for your job interview. Posing like a superhero for two minutes is said to boost confidence.
Realize You are Not Desperate
Before heading into your interview, be sure you remind yourself this interview is not your last chance for success. Even though the job looks great on paper, the interview is a good chance for you to also understand if this company will help you achieve your career goals.
You need to stay focused on the interview, and not caught up in desperation. If you come across needy, that will not do you any benefit to get the job.
Even a bad interview is a great learning experience, so there is something positive in every interview. However, understanding that you are not desperate can help you perform well in your interview and even get a job offer.
Ace Your Next Interview
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