Before the interview, you probably have a ton of things on your to-do list, including thoroughly researching the job and company, practicing interview questions, reviewing your resume and notes, choosing your outfit, and finding directions. On top of that, your anxiety may have started to increase as the interview day draws near. Through the clutter, it is normal to forget a few details that can as easily make a difference and affect the outcome of your interview. Take a moment and remember to do these four things as you're heading to that interview.
The unexpected can happen and the last thing you want to do is to interrupt your interview for a break, become distracted, or start fidgeting. Before you begin, take a quick moment to refresh yourself and do last minute checks in the mirror. Stopping by a nearby shop away from your meeting place can help you to cool down and gather your nerves. Also, turning off your cellphone instead of putting it on silent or vibrate can help. You can focus and have a few less things to worry about the things that might go wrong.
Be respectful to the receptionist, security, and the countless other people you meet on your day. Not only will it brighten your mood, it can also be beneficial. Your behavior and interactions with other people at the company may be reported to the hiring manager. Remember that you're just not there to show that you can do the job, but that you fit the company culture and team dynamics as well. How you act to your potential colleagues and the people around you will give an insight into your character.
Sure, you want the interviewer to feel that you're engaged and interested in the job and company, but that's not all. While your interviewer is there to gauge if you are a fit, don't forget that you have a choice in this as well. This is not a one-way interview. You get to ask questions. This is your time to clarify information and learn as much as you can about the job and company. Ask questions that can help you decide if this is an option you want to continue to pursue and grow in.
Setting your mind on an upward trajectory can help you feel better and get into a happier mindset as you're heading into the interview. It may also relieve a bit of your anxiety and help you put on a genuine smile. Check here to learn more tips about how to cope with interview anxiety.
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