3 Ways to Avoid Job Interview Stress
Receiving a call that you have been selected for a job interview is great news. It means you are an official candidate being considered for the positioned applied for. More importantly, it means you have preliminarily engaged your potential employer and they have acknowledged that you made the first cut- well at least on paper.
Often, excitement is the overwhelming problem, and the attempt at overshadowing such excitement can lead to the challenge of keeping your nerves in check long enough so that you can think clearly, focus on the interviewer’s questions, and answer concisely yet thoroughly.
So, how do you nix the jitters and put your best face forward? Focus on these key areas to set yourself up successfully for a second call back.
Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and make it to the interview. Showing up in a panic from being rushed or running late is never a good look, and the added stress can and will throw your entire mindset off. As a rule of thumb, if you’ve never been to the location before, drive to it the day prior so you are 100% sure where it is located. And if it’s in town, it’s best to route it at the same time of day you are scheduled to be going to the interview so you have an idea of the level of traffic or any other transit obstacles.
Nervousness is often deep-rooted in the fear of rejection. Boost your confidence by eliminating anything that could surprise you (like Traffic). Take the time necessary to explore and learn everything you can about the company, the position, and if possible, the person whom will be interviewing you. Then, your answers can be tied into the company’s network and their operating procedures. Plus, you’ll get kudos for taking the initiative to do your homework.
Write down some of the most common questions that you are likely to hear:
“What do you consider to be your greatest strengths…weaknesses?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?” And so on. Review these questions in preparation, and have your thoroughly thought-through answers written down. Repeat your answers slowly until you are comfortable with how they sound. Practice saying them to a friend to ensure they sound natural. Also, imagine that you already have the job and the interview is just a formality. Interviewers like to see confidence in who they are potentially hiring.
By focusing on planning ahead, you will eliminate surprises, delays and potential problems, in turn making you more comfortable and less nervous. Do everything you can to properly eliminate factors of the unknown so that you can fully focus on properly marketing your strengths- not your anxieties.
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