12 Tips for Staying Calm in an Interview
Posted May 22, 2013on:
A job interview can make you feel as though you’re in the hot seat. But you can keep calm under pressure by remembering these tips from Forbes.com.
- Know the company. Research the company and write down questions in advance.
- Plan for the day. Print out your resume in advance, lay out your interview clothes, and plan how you’ll get there to arrive on time.
- Practice. Rehearse your answers, but don’t memorize them word for word. Instead, remember the points you want to get across.
- Eliminate the unknown. Not sure what to wear? Or even how to get there? Don’t be afraid to call them and simply ask if the company is business attire or business casual, and if there’s a recommended place to park or a direct bus or train line to their location.
- Arrive early. Being a little early helps you arrive relaxed and confident. It’ll make all the difference.
- Have a conversation. Treat it as a chance to get to know one another. Remember that the interviewer is just a human being trying to find the right candidate.
- Think positively. Visualize yourself doing a great job and tell yourself that you deserve it.
- Sit up straight. How you hold yourself makes an impression. So sit up straight and try not to fidget.
- Take a deep breath. A little nervousness is natural. So take a breath, tighten and untighten your hand, push your shoulders down…and keep on breathing.
- Focus on the job at hand. Don’t worry what the interviewer is thinking; just focus on what you’re doing.
- Accept mistakes. Employers aren’t looking for perfect. They’re looking for somebody who can do the job.
- Remember that there are other jobs. Maybe this one is right, maybe it isn’t. But it’s not the only one out there, so make sure you not only sell yourself, but that it’s a place where you really want to work.