Feeling anxious or having some kind of fears is normal when you are about to go for a job interview bearing in mind it could be your perfect shot. It happens because you are very sure someone is about to scrutinize your mannerism, how you talk, what you say and your appearance when you are on the interview. If you please the interviewing panel enough, it might land you a job, a good salary and probably a good office but failure to that, you get nothing.
- Prepare yourself to boost your confidence level
- Think whatever but take it in a positive way
- Don’t do anything desperately
- Relax and try to analyze things on a bigger picture
- Be ready for the expected questions being asked
- Try to sell your self by demonstrating your skills and experience
- Show your interest in that vacancy and company
Another person has been in control is another fear one is faced with while attending an interview. Having no idea of what the interview is going to say or behave causes anxiety especially to the type A overachievers and losing control can cause an increase in anxiety and stress. The pre-interview anxiety can really cause a mess on your interview day. Worst cases of bad nerves can cause one to make serious interview mistakes including babbling, blanking out, fidgeting, blurting and sweating. In some cases, the interview might be distracted by your behavior at the interview such that they might forget your qualifications and strengths making you lose out on the job.
There are various ways in which you can use to fight the anxiety and the job interview fear and calm the nerves during an interview. One great way to make you emerge a winner is preparedness.
- Be prepared
Any scout person will tell you to be prepared as their motto says. Prior preparation is the best way to fight anxiety and calm your nerves. You should always remember that a lot of anxiety can be stressing but there is an amount of anxiety that is healthy in a given situation. A little anticipation and nervousness might be good in such a way that it can make you sharper and help you perform better. The problem arises when the nervousness builds up and becomes an anxiety case.
Preparation leads to building up of more confidence and helps put you in control such that you look forward to attending an interview. It is possible when you do your homework well. Confidence allows you to channel your nervousness into a positive course. It is a similar case to those of athletics where they train so that they can be the best during their big day. A lot of practice makes you confident especially when your career aspiration goes hand in hand with the job interview. That confidence is important in eliminating unpleasing nervous behaviors as well put you in command of your body language and the answers you give.
When preparing for a job interview, you need to take into considerations various factors and preparation techniques. Pre-interview anxiety can be eliminated through the following prior-preparation ways:
2. Think positively
It really pays to think positively when the job interviews are at hand. The job search can be a hassle, brutal and even tends to easily get cynical where even the best candidates face rude behavior and multiple rejections. Bitterness and cynicism can be entertained elsewhere like dinner parties but such qualities are not entertained in a job interview and therefore can turn bad on your side. Such happens because no one is ready to hire a candidate with attitude problems no matter how skilled and qualified they look.
Being negative can prevent you from expressing and seeing your key points in a clear manner such that you fail to express yourself better in an interview. Preparing and practicing with a positive attitude will help you ace the interview. As it is said, fake it till you make it. Once you are done preparing, tell yourself that you are ready. Listen to music and o anything that makes you generally feel good about the world and yourself. Some people opt listening to motivation talks, speeches. Guided meditations or recording their pep talk. Whichever suits you best, go for it.
It is essential not to forget to put off the music or any other happy sound when you reach your interview destination. Having your headphones or earphones on at the interview site will make you seem distracted or out of place. Paying an advance visit to the interview location is also a good way to prepare as unfamiliar environment tends to cause more uncertainty.
There is another worst scenario that might turn out to be a nightmare on the interview day. Being stuck in traffic, getting lost or running late for the interview flustered and sweaty can be the worst case scenario. It is important to give yourself extra time. If you get to the destination earlier, you can always get into a place next to the interview site, relax, freshen up and re-hydrate.
3. Don’t let desperation take charge
It is important to remember that the job interview is just one opportunity among many no matter how much you need the job. Your entire future does not depend on this specific job especially that there is not, much said about the position. It might look good on the paper but it is sure nit the only opportunity available for you.
Neediness seems awkward in the interviewer’s point of view. Being enthusiastic is good. You are supposed to view the interview as a first date where you need to show your best qualities and impress the other party. It is not a chance to show all your awkwardness and characteristics of someone who has beer been invited for a date before.
Whatever happens in an interview is a learning opportunity and gives you an experience that will make you a better candidate for the next job interview and an expert in the long run. Focus on bringing out all your confidence and control how you present yourself during an interview. It is not easy to control the interviewer’s decision but controlling you will help a lot.
It is important you remember that you are there because the interviewers were impressed during your screening interview or by your resume. Therefore, given that compelling reason, it is easy to show your Prowse and emerge the best on your interview day.
4. Using confidence boosting and relaxing techniques
There are various ways in which you can boost your confidence and keep calm during the interview which includes mental imagery and breathing exercise techniques which work perfectly for the nervous candidates. Such anti-nervousness techniques include:
- Adapting Power posing. A simple few minters body language trick can help boost your confidence instantly and help in aiding good interview performance. The power posing techniques are all about posing like a superhero before your interview. You can choose to go with the superman or wonder woman kind of confidence and stand strong with your hands on your hips and legs confidently apart. It may seem like a silly and unimportant thing to do, but power posing really helps and works in many cases. It changes your busy chemistry as shown in a recent study which says that power posing reduces the stress hormone (cortisol) and increases the dominance hormones (testosterone). The higher poser’s interviewees are likely to be chosen as hiring materials by the interviewers. It is ideal to try your posses in private before the main interview.
- Positive Visualization. Visualizing a successful interview is important in calming your nerves. You can picture yourself in a room where you are making remarkable impressions and bring out the sense of positivity of the interview in the visual images. Confidence is boosted especially when you combine strong positivity with the visuals. It is an easy way of focusing your thoughts and creating better space for more confidence.
- Exploring your Breathing. It is important to explore and get to know the techniques you can use to reduce your breathing anxiety during the interview. A simple deep breath or a pause can do wonders during the interviews and help reduce the sense of panic or any jitters. Anxiety easily affects your breathing which can be shallow and quick breathing affecting your voice and body language.
- Regulating your pace. When anxiety takes charge, you will find yourself stumbling over words n talking too fast. Being nervous speeds up your speech and mannerism and can make you speak even before considering what has been asked. You should be confident when taking your pausing as rush answers might make you say something you had not intended to give as an answer. Interviewers expect the interviews to have pauses and thing before answering especially when complex answers are involved.
- Redirecting questions. You are allowed to redirect questions. You cannot possibly have all the answers to every question asked and sometimes the interviewers will ask stressing questions intentional to gauge your reaction. A perfect way to deal with such is to redirect the question gracefully with a familiar similar topic outlining your strengths in the process. You should be calm and collected when doing this and don’t allow any question change your tone interview. Your focus should be on how well you will answer your next questions and have a successful interview to the end.
5. Answering interview questions
Most times, interviewees are faced with the fear of not knowing what the interviewer will ask and re afraid of giving wrong answers. It is important to note that most interviewers will ask similar questions such as asking you your personal interests, about yourself, talents, and your contribution to their firms, why you think you fit in their company and summary other common questions.
It is vital to brace yourself with relevant information about the organization. Take your time and investigate bout their policies, past, present and future successful projects of the said organization. If you know someone from there, ask them about their present projects and get to familiarize yourself with the company’s culture before the interview.
6. Showing your experience
People apply for the jobs they best fit in regards to their academic background and experience. However, you might have those and afraid to leave an impression that you, might not know enough. You can eliminate this fear by looking for someone who has an experience in such a post and gets to learn from them. LinkedIn is an ideal place to get professionals and go through their bibliography paying attention to their major milestones and the initiatives they took to get there. Your resume should be well written to back up your presentation during an interview.
7. Show interest in the organization
Showing genuine interests in the organization’s missions handling your interview is one way of kicking out the fear of thinking that the interviews find you less motivated. It is vital to genuinely smiles, take part in conversations, engage the interviewer and ask questions about the organization. It is one way of showing how genuine you are interested and you might land a job with such simple and genuine acts.
Most people attending interviews are afraid of the things they don’t know. Suspense makes one uneasy especially when it comes to things that are related to one’s future. You will always have difficult and unwanted thoughts such as will I get this job? Are all these efforts to talk well, look good, and make a good presentation really leave a great impression? And so many unwarranted questions because you are not aware what will transpire during the interviews. This reason makes the interviews scary.
As an interviewer, it is important that you are fully aware of your emotional and mental state before going for an interview. First, think and scrutinize the kind of fears that you have and those that take over your mind and learn about the possible ways to overcome them before setting a foot in the interview room. We recommend TED six interview videos to watch for preparing for an upcoming interview.