Friday, May 6, 2011

How To Stay Calm During a Job Interview

During a job interview whether you're a first timer or have been doing several interviews in the past jobs it is still stressful. From the sweaty palms to the rambling stories to the nervous laughter, it takes a great amount of self-discipline to harness your energy when trying to impress an employer. And since you don’t do it regularly it's easy to find yourself out of practice when you're hunting for a new job. There are certain preparations to do before you come for an interview. You have to researched the company profile and background, picked out a winning outfit, and is planning to arrive 15 minutes early. Good preparation! But how will you stay calm during the interview?
Keep the following tips in mind during your next job interview, and your skills, experiences, and personality will do the talking:

1. Know you'll be OK no matter what. As badly as you want the job, you'll have other opportunities. There are few "once-in-a-lifetime opportunities." Don't put undue stress on yourself by believing that one mistake will change the course of your life. This is the first of many job interviews you'll go on in your lifetime. Adding unrealistic weight to the interview situation only adds pressure. Don’t be discourage even if you never got the job, life will go on.

2. Remember we're all human. Don't forget that the interviewee once sat on the other side of the desk to get the job they currently have. You're both breathing the same air and are more alike than you might realize. Don't assign superhero status to the interviewer. Speak to them the way you would talk to one of your friend's parents; be respectful, polite, concise, and natural. Accept that they're in control and all you can do is represent yourself as honestly as possible.

3. Be personable. The interview is not just about your accomplishments and the skills you bring to the table to help an organization meet their goals. It's also an exercise to assess your personality and determine whether you're a match for the company's culture. Nothing is easier than being yourself

3. Convey confidence. Give yourself a confidence boost before the interview starts. Avoid the idea such as, "I'll do whatever it takes to get the job done." You don't want to appear overconfident or like you're owed anything, but just like a first date, the stink of desperation is a turn off. Calmly and firmly state your answers, never putting yourself down and never begging for the opportunity.

4. Use calming techniques. The more relaxed you are during an interview, the clearer you will think which will make you a better listener and speaker. Don't make the mistake of confusing excitement with anxiety. If you're fearful of a job interview, tell yourself that you're feeling a certain way because you're excited. Be true to yourself and your first interview can't go wrong.

2 comments:

reginag said...

It's unavoidable sometimes. You just have to be ready.
to interview

Alicia Conway said...

When you're a little bit nervous, it's absolutely normal. A complete calmness can be worked out only with practice. Here're some tips:
interview tips