Most people are pretty nervous when preparing for an interview, whether it’s their first or 51st time. However there are some individuals who are beyond nervous when interview time rolls around – they’re flat out fearful. Since an interview can be an intense experience, they may feel a bit insecure even when they're confident of their talents.
If you fall into the category of being fearful of job interviews, there are a few ways to side step the fear and enter the situation with confidence. So let’s take a look at some tips to consider so that you’ll be ready and willing to dive into your next interview.
Make Sure You’re Prepared
One reason that people get nervous before and during interviews is because they’re anticipating the unknown – they simply have no idea what will be discussed and fear they won’t have the answers. There's nothing like preparation to make a person feel confident. Jump on the Internet, hunt for some questions that are commonly asked during and interview and practice your responses as much as possible.
If you’re not sure how you effective going through the list will be for you, you can always have a friend step in and act as an interviewer. The more closely you recreate the interview, the more comfortable you're likely to be in the real thing. You can rehearse the ideas you want to get across, practice confident body language, and even learn how to ad-lib a bit by having your friend throw in questions not on your list.
Wear Your Favorite Outfit
If you have a favorite business outfit that you feel very comfortable in, wear it. The more at ease you are physically, the more relaxed you'll be mentally and emotionally. If you’re tugging at your clothes, and constantly shifting around, you will feel self-conscious, distracted, and your fears will jump through the roof.
“Relax, Relate, Release”
You may have heard this phrase from time to time to signify calming down before a stressful situation, but it’s something that you should definitely consider before your interview. You need to exude confidence in your interview so taking a few deep breaths may be helpful in calming your mind and body.
Rely On You
Sometimes, job candidates are so desperate to find work that they pretend to be someone they’re not just to get the job. You won't fool the interviewer and it will definitely not impress them.Let your personality shine and if you get the job, you can be pleased that you can relax without having to be someone you're not. Instead, rely on your own personality since this is who they’ll have to know once you’re hired.
Of course, a job interview can be a scary thing. However, if you make sure you’re prepared, have a well-written resume, and are comfortable, calm, and confident in yourself, you’ll ace the interview and will likely get a call back in no time.