Job interviews can be nerve-wrecking regardless of whether you’re a job search rookie or veteran. Human fear of the unknown brings about feelings of anxiety. Unfortunately, job interviews are necessary evils where showing confidence in yourself and your abilities are of the utmost importance. Those attributes are what the interviewer wants to see in prospective candidates. As the interviewee, you need to find ways to remain calm. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your cool both before and during your next job interview.
Anticipate Questions, Practice Answers
Fortunately for you, many others have gone through the job interview process and can provide some much needed advice. Search the internet for some questions commonly asked at job interviews. Then, take the time to answer each question. An even better approach would be to have a family member or friend perform a mock interview with you. This will get you accustomed to the setting you’ll be in for the interview. While you can’t know every question you will be asked during your interview, you can at least alleviate some anxiety by being prepared.
Research and Prepare Questions
Having your own questions ready to ask has double the benefits. Preparing questions encourages you to think critically about why you want the job and why you want to work for the company. You learn what you think is important in regards to the type of work you want to do and what you expect as an employee. Having questions ready for the interviewer also shows that you value their time. Meaningful questions give the impression that you are serious about the position being offered.
Plan your Day around the Interview
Your job interview may be the most important event of the day. It’s important that you treat it as such especially if you really want the job. You want to make sure that you have plenty of time to get to the interview. Plan your journey a day or two before, mapping out the best route, parking areas, and determining how long it will take to reach the interview site. Aim for an arrival time of 15 to 20 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. This will allow you time to get comfortable in your surroundings and take a final assessment of your appearance.
Relax your Body
Assess your body when you’re in the waiting area. Are your palms sweaty? Are your muscles tense? This is why arriving early is so important. You’re giving yourself extra time to calm down. Take some deep breaths. Try not to overthink what’s about to happen. Go over your positive attributes in your head. If necessary, go to the restroom and splash some cool water of your face. You’ll want to be at ease when you’re sitting across from the interviewer.
Think first, then Respond
Now you’re across from the interviewer and the first question is asked. Even if it’s an easy question that you anticipated, still take the time to think. Do so before answering every question. This gives you the chance to organize your thoughts. It also prevents you from blurting out unnecessary information, i.e. rambling. The interviewer will view your pauses before answering as a clear sign of thoughtfulness. He doesn’t need to know that you’re simply trying to remain calm.
Lots of factors go into the new-hire selection process. By remaining calm during your interview, you won’t have to worry about nervousness hurting your chances of being hired. Your calmness allows the interviewer to focus more on your answers and your qualifications. Using the aforementioned tips will help you to calm down and give your best first impression. Prepare to put your best foot forward and good luck on your job search.