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Job Interview Advice–How To Combate Nervousness During a Job Interview

January 22nd, 2009 | admin | Job Interview Help

Tips on Combating Nervousness During a Job Interview

Combating nervousness is essential if you want to appear calm, confident and employable at a job interview. Nerves can only get the best of you if you let them. When is the last time you were nervous over something? You didn’t stay nervous forever. You may have even felt silly afterward for being nervous in the first place. The same is true with job interviews. You may have a twinge of nervousness at the start of the interview but you will feel calm and silly afterward.

The key to combating nervousness is to be prepared. With adequate preparation, you will be confident. As we all know, confidence leaves little room for nervous jitters. The following tips will help you out.

Preparation Before The Interview

Before you go to any interview, be sure to learn all you can about the company you are interviewing with. Study about their products, their services and the history of the company. Think about how you will fit in with the company. Think about the position you are applying for from the company’s perspective. What questions do you think they will ask?

Mock interviews are a great way to get prepared. Have a friend or family member ask you interview questions and critique your responses. Go over your resume. Is it accurate? Is it honest? Make sure that it emphasizes your skills, experiences and qualifications.

Get organized. Gather all of your materials the night before and pack them neatly in a professional carrying case. Figure out what you’re going to wear and lay it out. Be sure to go to bed early and get enough sleep so that you will not feel groggy during your interview.

Make It a Positive Experience

Think only positive thoughts before your interview and as you enter the building. Don’t worry about not getting the job. You should view an interview as a learning experience. After all, it is very common to attend numerous job interviews before landing a job. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

If your interview is less than favorable, shake it off and vow to do better next time. Don’t allow yourself to get depressed over things you can’t change. Stay alert and pay attention to the interview and the conversation at hand. Be Truthful. Never try to fake or chat your way through difficult questions and topics.

Combating nervousness is easy if you prepare in advance. Stay calm and determined and you will land the job of your dreams.

   By CK Tan
Published: 5/13/2008

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