Anyone who has ever gone for a job interview, knows that the most dreadful part of it probably has nothing to do with the actual interview, but rather with the fear and nervousness that accompany it. How can you compose those butterflies and eliminate those fearful thoughts during your next interview? Here are a few simple ways:
- Prepare The Night Before
Preparing your clothes and administration (copy of your CV/certificates, etc.) will help you avoid running around like a headless chicken on the morning of your interview. You will be less hurried and less frazzled.
- Practice, Practice, Practice
Research some common examples of interview questions and practice answering them. This will make you feel more equipped, and not to mention, more assured. Try to find an expansive variety of likely questions so you are not caught off guard.
- Centre Your Thought
Try to focus your thoughts on what could go right, instead of what could go wrong. If you focus more on what may or may not go wrong, you will only make yourself more panicky and fearful. Talk yourself into it by using affirmations and focusing on your positive qualities.
- Do Your Research
Never go for a job interview without doing your homework on the company. Employers are always impressed when candidates know who they are and what they do – this displays respect and interest.
- Arrive At Least 15 Minutes Prior
Make sure you leave home early enough to be at least 15 minutes early. It is always good to have a few minutes to check your attire or go over what you practiced.
- Take Deep Breaths
When the nerves threaten to overtake, just take a deep breath and calm yourself down.
- Practice Your Pauses
Nerves can sometimes cause us to rush through our words or stutter. Practice how to pause between sentences and formulate proper answers without coming across as too apprehensive.