No one likes to go to job interviews, but performing well during the interview process is key to finding employment in your industry. If you’re nervous in an interview, this can affect your performance – and your chances of success.
You don’t want to hurt your career prospects by bungling an interview due to your nerves. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Just follow these four tips for overcoming your fears:
- Reorient your attitude about the interview process. Many people look at interviews as an event in which they’re judged. Obviously, this creates a lot of nerves. Instead, consider interviews a chance to get to know a professional employer. Your goal – and their’s – is to see if you’d be a good fit for the job. So, focus on learning as much as you can and sharing why you think the company would be the right place for you. If you aren’t a good fit, it’s best to find that out in the interview rather than after you get hired.
- Accentuate the positives. Instead of focusing on what you’re afraid of about the job interview, focus on everything that’s good. The hiring manager has already chosen you out of tons of resumes they received, and you get a chance to potentially land a career opportunity at a company you’d hopefully be excited to work for.
- Prepare for the interview. The more prepared you are, the less scary the interview process will be. You should focus on learning as much as you can about the company so you can ask informed questions and provide good answers tailored to the organization. You can also practice answers to difficult interview questions so you won’t be worried about those questions coming up.
- Practice relaxation and confidence-boosting techniques. You can visualize yourself succeeding at the job, or practice breathing techniques to calm you down in the waiting room. Finding a relaxation technique that works for you can help you to be in the right mindset when you attend the interview.
IES Custom Staffing can help you land interviews with companies looking for people like you so you can put these skills to the test and impress hiring managers. Reach out to our staffing professionals today to find out more about how we can help you to find your next job.