Real-life advice from a real-life recruiter

If you’re feeling butterflies in your stomach, having cold sweats or mild panic attacks you may be preparing to be interviewed. But don’t worry you are normal.  It is very common to feel nervous before an interview.  Why does the thought of being interviewed make most people a bit nervous?

  • It’s scary and uncomfortable being judged.
  • It’s scary and uncomfortable being the central focus and having to come up with good answers for whatever the interviewer asks.
  • You don’t know what you are going to be asked.
  • You don’t know for sure if what you say is a good answer.
  • You don’t like talking about yourself.
  • You don’t feel comfortable “selling” yourself.
  • You really need the job.
  • You worry that if you don’t get this job there may not be another chance any time soon.
  • You worry that you’ll sound stupid.
  • You worry that there is something about you or your background that they’ll hate.
  • You hate the thought of being rejected.
  • You think you have to be more than you are.

Now here are some tips to help you handle your interviewing nerves:

  • Do relaxation exercises the night before, or when you wake up the morning of the interview as well as right before the interview. Gentle slow deep breathing is a very good way to help relax your body.
  • Visualize the interview going well and everyone smiling and shaking hands.
  • Practice interviewing prior to the interview with friends or family. Practice until you feel comfortable talking about yourself.
  • Research the company as much as possible to help you feel on top of things so you can answer questions intelligently.
  • But most of all just be yourself – you are fine exactly the way you are and have a lot of great talent to offer your potential employer.

If nothing else works give yourself permission to fail. That’s right…tell yourself it’s ok if you answer every single question completely wrong and come out looking like an idiot.

So get out there and interview!

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