So you’ve applied for a bunch of jobs and are preparing for a series of interviews. Sounds like a good start! There’s only one problem: your tendency to be overly anxious during interviews, to the point of hurting your chances of getting hired.
It happens to a lot of people. But if you really want to be successful at your next interview, here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Come and Know Your Stuff
The more you prepare for an interview, the less likely you are to get upset. So if you put in the effort to thoroughly research the company you’re meeting and its associated industry, you’ll eliminate some of the on-site pressure that you might otherwise succumb to. In addition to direct research, explore business-related trends or news that will help you appear insightful and facilitate conversation. Having a lot to say in an interview is a good way to calm your nerves.
2. Prepare for common interview questions
While the questions you’ll be asked in any given interview are highly dependent on the specifics of the position, there are some universal questions you can expect. Read what it is and figure out how to respond to them, and you’ll be in a better position to navigate your next meeting without falling victim to a nasty case of nerves.
For example, one of the most difficult interview questions you will probably be faced with the often dreaded question “What is your greatest weakness?” But this question should not be a trap if you plan it in advance. You should also be prepared to talk about what makes you the right person for the job, as opposed to someone else with a similar skill level on paper. Plan responses ahead of time and you’ll be less anxious right away.
3. Give it a try first
Maybe you don’t have a lot of interviewing experience; or maybe you’re the kind of person who just gets anxious under pressure. Either way, one way to soothe those nerves is to go through a mock interview before your official meeting takes place. You can enlist the help of a friend, family member, or even a colleague, as long as that person is ultra-trustworthy and goes through the motions together. That way, you’ll have a chance to work out the issues before you sit down for the real deal.
4. Realize there’s a reason you landed that interview in the first place
The last thing any hiring manager wants to do is waste their time. So if you’ve been invited to an interview at a company, take comfort in the fact that this means you’re reasonably qualified for the job in question, and use it to gain some much-needed confidence. If you then insist on highlighting the skills and experience you indicate on your Continueyou will increase your chances of landing the job.
While you can’t snap your fingers and make your interview jitters completely disappear overnight, you can take steps to combat them by preparing in advance for these encounters. And remember, the more interviews you do, the less daunting the process will be, so if you can’t calm down right away, rest assured that you’ll probably feel more comfortable over time.