• How to Overcome Interview Nerves

    October 27, 2020

    How to Overcome Interview Nerves

    Are you the type to get anxious and stressed before an interview? If so, you are not alone. It is very typical to be nervous before an interview. However, even though it's spooky season, interviews are one thing you don't need to be scared of - now or ever. After all, an interview is ultimately just a simple conversation with another person. But, because nerves are normal, we are here to offer you some tips to overcome those pre-interview jitters and knock your future interviews out of the park. Keep reading to learn more!

    1. Do your homework. - Look up the company you are applying for and read about their product or service, mission statement, and culture. Also, study the job description and practice answering typical interview questions in a way that shows the interviewer you have the qualities and background experience they are looking for in this role. If you do thorough prep work, you will be very prepared to answer any and all questions they ask you about what you know about the company and why you want the position.
    2. Practice reciting your elevator pitch and answering common interview questions. - It is common for an interviewer to start the interview by asking you to tell them about yourself. It is smart to rehearse an elevator pitch for when that happens. An elevator pitch is a short description of yourself, giving some insight into your background, experience, and what makes you unique. It shouldn't last longer than 20 to 30 seconds, or the time it would take to ride up an elevator. Additionally, at least a few common interview questions are almost guaranteed to be asked, so take time to look up common interview questions and prepare answers. Typical questions include, "What is one of your strengths and weaknesses?," "Why are you interested in this role?," and "When have you gone through a difficult work experience, and how did you overcome it?"
    3. Practice speaking slowly and confidently. - Whether you simply do this by talking to yourself in the mirror or by performing in front of friends or family, practice is essential and will help you feel very prepared come time for the real deal. You want to make a good impression on the interviewer at all times, and mumbling or lacking confidence is not a great way to do so. Also, focus on perfecting your body language, handshake, and eye contact before interviews. These are all crucial aspects of an interview.
    4. Stay positive. - Remind yourself that you are ready, qualified, and an excellent candidate for the job. Even if you don't get the job this time around, it is important to remember that any interview is a good experience and something that you can learn from. Many of the most elite and qualified candidates even get told no sometimes. While it can be tough to stay positive and hopeful, remember that each interview better prepares you for the next, and you will get a yes soon.
    5. Eat a good, comforting meal beforehand. - No one can focus or give solid answers when their stomach is growling, and all they can think about is food! Make sure to eat a hearty meal before your interview so your brain is charged and ready to go!
    6. Call a friend or family member before the interview. - To eliminate any last-minute jitters and stress, call a close friend or family member that will hype you up and give you the pep talk you need before your interview. Encouragement is a powerful thing, and it can help you perform much better come interview time.
    7. Listen to pump-up music. - Good tunes can energize you and make you feel upbeat and ready to go for your interview. Music can also distract you from stressing out or thinking negative thoughts.
    8. Do a breathing exercise. - Taking deep breaths can help people slow their heart rate and feel calm. The 4-7-8 breathing technique is a quick and easy way to relax anywhere, such as in an office waiting room before your interview.
    9. Prepare questions to ask the interviewer. - At the end of almost every interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them. Always have at least three to five questions ready to ask him/her before the interview starts. Good questions are, "What is your favorite thing about working here?," "What is the most challenging part of your job?," or "What is something you wished you had known when starting this job?" Having these prepared beforehand will make it less stressful when they ask you if you have any questions. Additionally, write down any questions you think of during the interview so you won't forget by the end.
    10. Remember, it is just a conversation. - Yes, the thought of an interview is intimidating, and you obviously want to appear perfect so you can land that dream job. But ultimately, you just need to be yourself and relax. You are merely talking to another human being. This person has a life, interests, and hobbies, too. Be yourself and be honest about what your interests, hobbies, and goals are. You never know - they may share your love for basketball, and the two of you may talk about that for over half the interview. An interview is just a conversation and doesn't have to follow some strict guidelines. Relax and open up about who you are and what you like, and then you will really know if you vibe and fit with that company. 

    Interviews are important for getting your dream job, but don't have to be overly stressful. Take the time to prepare for each interview, but also decompress beforehand. Listen to your favorite songs, eat that delicious meal, and call upon a close friend. And remember, every interview is a learning experience. Even if you're told no, it isn't personal. You can still learn and grow from each interview you do.