Real-life advice from a real-life recruiter

I thought it’d be cool to explore the topic- “Why do I get so nervous during a Job Interview”.

If you’re feeling butterflies in your stomach, cold sweats or mild panic attacks (I’m kidding but you get the point) you aren’t in isolation.  Many of us feel nervous even when we know we’d be great for the job.  So why does interviewing make us feel this way?  Today I’ll do my best to answer this question and give you neat tips on how to get past interview fear and calming your nerves.

Why do I get so nervous during job interviews?

  • It’s scary and uncomfortable being judged.
  • It’s scary and uncomfortable being the focus and having to come up with good answers for whatever the interviewer asks.
  • You don’t know what they’re going to ask.
  • 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.

A few simple tips to help fight those interview nerves

  • Do some relaxation exercises the night before, when you wake up the morning of the interview and 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 a lot until you start to feel comfortable talking about yourself.
  • Research the company as much as possible to help you feel on top of things so you can answer intelligently.
  • And most of all just be yourself J- you are fine exactly the way you are and have things 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. This will help ease some of the tension.

Good Luck on your next interview!

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