Are you nervous about your upcoming job interview? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one, but knowing that won’t make you any less stressed. Luckily, there are some ways to ease your anxiety.
Causes of job interview anxiety are many, ranging from believing the interviewer is trying to make your life miserable to feeling uncomfortable talking about yourself. There’s not much you can do to prevent yourself from feeling some jitters in the days leading up to the big day, but there are techniques job seekers can use to make sure those emotions don’t ruin your chances of getting the job.
Those techniques are:
- Put yourself in the position of the hiring manager. Despite what you might believe, he is not trying to trick you into saying the wrong thing; he is simply trying to ensure that you are the right candidate for the job.
- Practice makes perfect. It’s true that it’s possible to prepare too much, but not practicing enough can be even worse. Make sure that you are prepared for the typical job interview questions and practice your talking points.
- Organize your schedule on the big day. Running late will only add more stress, so make sure your schedule is clear on the day of the interview. You should also make sure to get plenty of rest the night before, so don’t stay out too late with your friends.
- Practice relaxation techniques before the interview. If your idea of relaxing involves a lot of movement (i.e. kickboxing), you might want to do this at home rather than in the waiting room.
- Think before you speak. Whether your interview is in-person or over the phone, take some time to formulate the best possible response to the interviewers’ question. Just don’t take so long thinking that there is awkward silence.