Having some anxiety before an interview is quite normal, especially if it’s the first interview or one for a promotion. Learn how to impress and wow at the interview in spite of nervousness and how to forget about it at the same time.
Start by planning ahead. Make sure you plan what you are going to wear and which documents you have to bring. If you have any doubts or you’re not sure about something, don’t be scared and feel free to call the company and get those issues resolved. When you plan everything to details you will look more professional and fresh, stress free. Don’t ever be late to an interview.
Prepare yourself. Do your homework and learn everything, or as much as you can, about the company you’re interested in. An interview is like a test for which you have to be well prepared if you want to get the best possible grades. You have to know what are the advantages as well as disadvantages of the job you’ve applied for. Since most of the questions will be similar to: “What can you do to contribute to the organization?” you have to single yourself out. Pretty much everybody will answer that they are hard-working and motivated, so you have to point out your particular qualities that can be useful for the job. Another question you’ll probably have to answer is “What are your weaknesses?” It is actually a very popular question among employers and their intention is to find out how you deal with challenges. Name your weakness and explain what you did to overcome them. For example, you could say that you had a problem with time management but now you use an organizer which helps greatly with it.
Don’t think about anything else! When you’re on your way don’t think about other things. Leave aside anything else that bothers you and occupies your mind, concentrate solely on the task ahead, your appearance and making the best possible impression. This can only be done if you’re confident and don’t have any distractions. However, if you do have something else planned that day, cancel it and focus on one thing only.
Ask questions! It’s interesting that people remain nervous even after the job interview. It is most likely due to the fact that they don’t ask questions they think of during the interview because of the stress. Always ask what you want to know, that way you will avoid being confused about something later on. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t ask absurd questions, you will only bury yourself and reduce the chances of getting the job.
Look nice! Talk well and comprehensible – don’t forget that the first impression is also the last one. You must look and act as a professional. Food is also very important, never go hungry to an interview. Remember – after a good meal you’ll feel refreshed and full of energy, but having a large meal will make you feel drowsy, so be careful. Don’t forget to brush your teeth, wash your hair, and generally smell nice.