Job Search Tip: Coping with Nerves in the Interview

September 14th, 2011 | Interviewing | No Comments »

You know how it goes: sweating, shaking, biting your nails, chewing your lip, and more. Anxiety and nervousness about job interviews are common, and may hinder your performance if you’re not aware of it or don’t know how to control it. Here are few quick tips.

1. Be Prepared. This is one of the best ways you can beat those nerves. Make sure you do your homework, and find out about the company, your interviewer, and common interview questions. The more you know, the more familiar you’ll be with everything throughout the interview, which should lead to less anxiousness.

2. Banish negativity. Negative thinking and over-thinking can plague your anxiety to a point where you come across as entirely negative to everyone you talk to. Learn to recognize those negative thoughts and question whether they are truly realistic. If you have no good reason to believe the interviewer hates or you’re doing terribly, then force yourself to stop. Instead, envision your success, replacing those negative thoughts with positive ones.

3. Remember that an interview is a 2-way conversation. If a part of your mind believes that an interview is a painful interrogation, then of course you’ll be anxious! But an interview is a chance for you to evaluate the employer also, so ask questions and take an active role in the interview.