For most of us, it’s an anxiety-filled, stressful process that requires a lot of preparation. It’s difficult to be charming, friendly, knowledgeable and confident all at once. Add to the mix that you’re also meeting a new person for the first time and suddenly you’re dealing with a perfect storm of nervous energy.
However, pulling yourself together for an interview is imperative if you want to perform well. Even if you’re experiencing a major case of pre-interview jitters, it’s always important to remain calm and collected.
Here are few great ways to overcome your nerves.
Prepare Talking Points.
You always want to walk into an interview feeling as prepared as possible. And you’re much more likely to feel at ease when you know you’ve done your homework. Learn as much as you can about the company in advance and prepare some questions that you might ask. You should also consider preparing how you might respond to your interviewers questions. While you can’t predict the exact questions they’ll ask, you can anticipate a few common ones that will likely come up. The more time you spend preparing, the better you’ll feel walking into that room.
Remember an interview is Just a Conversation.
When you’re nervous, it’s easy to forget that an interview is supposed to be a two-way street i.e. a dialogue between you and the interviewer. Some people get nervous and talk way too much in an interview situation, completely forgetting to address the other person in the room. Others talk too little and fail to ask their interview any questions at all. The key is to strike a good balance between speaking and listening. Plus, thinking of an interview as a conversation—rather than an interrogation—should make the prospect of going on your interview slightly less daunting.
Stay Loose. Work out the Tension.
Many professionals swear by hitting the gym before a big interview. Going for a run or working out at the gym can help relieve your nervous tension and reduce any physical manifestations of stress. Moreover, the endorphins released by getting some cardiovascular exercise are great for elevating your mood.
Try these techniques before your next interview. Chances are you’ll be feeling much more at ease. For additional interview tips, contact PrideStaff Modesto today. An expert in the staffing industry, we are more than happy to discuss any questions you may have.