Attending a job interview can be a nerve-racking experience. Most people will go through the interview process at some point, whether it is for employment, internships, or even getting into a club, program, or school. The stress of attending an interview is almost as common as the stress of public speaking. Being nervous can throw off your thought process and cause you to be even more stressed about answering the interviewers' questions. With the proper preparation techniques, it’s possible to mitigate your nervousness and allow you to be the best and most confident version of yourself during your interview.

Do Your Research

Knowledge is powerful! Whether you are searching for information on the company, the interviewer, or common interview questions, the more you know, the better you will feel going into it. If you were going to run a marathon you wouldn’t just show up to the race with no prior training, otherwise, that would be an incredibly tough race. The same goes for interviewing, prepare (or train) for your interview to ease the ambiguity of the situation.

Have Questions Ready

Most interviewers will allow you to ask questions at the end. This gives you a chance to find out more about the company or position. If you often struggle to come up with questions, incorporate this topic into your research so you don’t have to depend on thinking of them on the spot.

Give Yourself a Pep Talk

You are your toughest critic. When you believe in yourself and the skills/abilities you bring to the table, you will be more likely to confidently relay those abilities during your interview if you believe in yourself. You could even have, or come up with, a mantra to help get your head in the game.

Avoid Caffeine

Although caffeine can affect everyone differently, it can cause some people to feel jittery which will enhance the nervous feeling. Instead, try increasing your hydration with some water, or drink chamomile tea, which is known to help ease anxiousness.

Taking the proper steps to prepare for an interview is one of the best ways to help ease the interview jitters. By following some of the steps above, you can go from feeling unsure and nervous to confident and determined. Contact Perforance Staffing Solutions so we can help you get hired today!