No matter how much you prepare for an interview, it is natural to feel some form of nervousness and anxiety, especially when you’re sitting across a potential employer. There are so many factors you have to think about on top of hoping to make the best impression – it can be overwhelming. Here are a three simple tips to help you during the interview and ensure your come out of it in one piece.
Since an interview is not a routine task we typically experience, there is often an immense amount of uncertainty and fear. During the interview and in between your responses, take the time to inhale and exhale. It will help you to reduce tension and calm down your brain. Not rushing can also help you to set the right pace and allow occasional pauses to contemplate your answer. It’s better take time responding to a question, and to demonstrate that you are reflecting on it, rather than to jump straight into answering aimlessly.
Sitting across a room and answering questions can feel like an interrogation even when it’s not, and will make anyone anxious. You can restructure the interview in your mind and focus on having a two-way conversation. Think of it as an opportunity for you to engage in a discussion with your interviewer about yourself, the job, and the company. There are always going to be unexpected questions or things that can potentially throw you off your game. Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat a question or ask for further explanation.
It’s important to try to be yourself in an interview. If you secured the interview, they obviously liked your background and skills. Now they want to test your communication skills and ability to interact with others. However, don’t forget that a job interview is a two-way street. While the company is looking for the ideal candidate, you can also determine if the company will be a good fit for you. This is a great time to find out more about the company culture and ask questions.
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