Looking for a job can be a nerve-wrecking experience, and the actual interview even more so. If you get the job interview jitters, there are some tips and tricks on how stay calm.
Before The Interview
First to the two Ps — plan and prepare. Make sure you have printed out extra copies of your resume, select and try on your clothes, have directions to the company, and confirm your interview time. The less you have to worry about on the day of the interview the less stressed and nervous you will be. Check out the company online—get as much info as you can so you can ask pertinent questions as well as give substantive answers on how you can benefit the company. Practice some the questions you are most likely to be asked. Also prepare a list of questions you’d like to ask.
And skip the coffee. The caffeine will only give you too much of a jolt. “A cup of java will actually make you jittery because of the caffeine. Instead, chew a piece of gum to help make you more alert (just remember to spit it out before your interview),” suggests The Grindstone.
On the day of the interview give yourself plenty of travel time and arrive to the interview early. “When you arrive at the interview site, allow yourself plenty of time to sit in your car, gather your thoughts, breathe, and to center yourself,” Kim Heitzenrater, director of career and leadership development at The University of the South told Forbes Woman. “Remind yourself that this is a conversation to determine fit on both sides.”
During the Interview
Although you are going after a job, there is a fine line between being enthusiastic and overly aggressive. Try to think of the interview as a conversation with a new friend. “Learn what you can about the person interviewing you—and make them into a human being rather than being a rejection machine. You’ll be able to relax more and be yourself when you remember that they need you; they want to learn about you to see if you’re right for the job,” Dr. Tamar Chansky, author of Freeing Yourself from Anxiety suggests to the magazine.
See yourself nailing the interview. “Visualize yourself blowing your interview out of the water and sitting at that desk as the new hire,” writes The Grindstone.
Have a positive and confident attitude. “If you experience shaky hands, then fold them and place them in your lap. If you have a trembling voice or butterflies in your stomach, take several deep, calming breaths. Try to maintain a natural smile,” Ashley Strausser, associate director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at Otterbein University, tells Forbes Woman. Your posture and body language is very important. Sit up, and try to keep your hand gestures to a minimum.
And most of all, don’t be so hard on yourself. You don’t have to be perfect.