How to Calm Your Nerves Before an InterviewShannon Hall
Interviews can be extremely stressful and experiencing nervousness during an interview is completely normal. However, you don’t want to let your nerves get in the way of making the best possible impression. Below are 3 ways you can prepare for your interview in order to calm your nerves and perform at your best.
Do Your Research
One of the best ways to feel more confident during an interview is to be well prepared. This includes doing a fair amount of research. Be sure to find out as much as possible about the company so that you can be well informed during the interview. This research can also help you to formulate questions to ask your interviewer at the end of the interview. It’s also important to know what questions might be asked. Make a list of common interview questions you may be asked, and consider how you might answer them. The more time you invest in preparing for the interview, the less nervous you will be when it’s time to put your best foot forward.
Do a Practice Interview
Practicing an interview is a good way to relieve nervous tension. A mock interview can help you to practice going through the motions before it counts. This is a good way to catch anything you may have missed in your preparation and research, and allows you time to adjust. Ask a family member or a friend to ask you interview questions, or practice the interview process in the mirror. It helps to say your answers out loud and hear how you will sound to your interviewer. The more you practice, the more confident and prepared you will feel when it’s time for your real interview.
Do a Dry Run Drive
It’s always important to know where you’re going and how to get there. When you find out where you will be going, practice the drive the weekend before. That way you are far less likely to get lost the day of your interview. Getting lost or turned around can make you flustered and throw you off, or even make you late. This can cause you to be even more nervous during an interview. It’s best to eliminate the possibility of this happening in order to arrive on time and without any issues. If you don’t have time to make the drive in person, Google Maps street view can help you visualize your route and give you a look at the building beforehand.
Prepare the Night Before & Day Of
It’s important to be at your absolute best on the day of your interview. This involves making sure you get plenty of sleep the night before. You should also eat a healthy, light meal before you sit down for your interview so that you can be sharp and focused. Make sure you are prepared for your interview by printing out copies of your resume beforehand, having a portfolio or notebook at the ready, and preparing any questions you may have for your interviewer. Preparing a quick reference sheet can be helpful if you need to jog your memory. Your reference sheet can be a short list of your top qualities, accomplishments, and stories related to your career. Being prepared in this way can be extremely effective when it comes to reducing nervousness during an interview.
It’s essential to stay calm during a job interview in order to make the best impression. Nervousness can be a distraction for the interviewer and it can prevent you from answering to the best of your ability. By putting some time into the preparation for your interview, you are sure to project confidence and raise your chances of being hired.
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