All of us have to pass job interviews to apply for a desired position. We pass the interviewing numerous times during our life, but still feel nervous and uneasy like at the first time. Feeling nervous during the interview is normal, but what to do if you feel so stressed that you cannot think clearly? Use one of these proven methods to cope with stress on a job interview. They will help you to feel more confident and relaxed.
1. Knowledge is king. If your fear comes from the fact that you don’t know what to answer in reply to the questions about company, its place in the industry or required key responsibilities, there’s just one answer to that. Do research! Try to find through the internet or printed media all the information that may be useful for you. When you go for the interview prepared, you feel more confident and are less stressed.
2. Prepare beforehand. Don’t know how to react on various questions asked by interviewer? Then prepare the answers at home! Create a list of your strengths and weaknesses, your achievements and key competences.
3. If you are too nervous about the process of interviewing and are scared to fail the interview to your dream company, there’s one solution – try to practise interviewing as many times as possible. Send your resume to all the companies even if you’re not intending to work there, and then go for an interview. The knowledge that you don’t want to work here will make you feel relaxed. And even if at the very first time you’ll feel nervous, after the fifth interview you’ll learn to take things easy.
4. Eliminate all distracters which may irritate both you and the interviewer. Arrive on time, switch off your mobile phone, get dressed properly. When you realize you’re doing everything right, it will make you feel more comfortable.
5. Take several deep breaths. This will normalize your blood pressure and freshen your thoughts. You’ll become more focused and stressed less.
6. When you cannot feel confident, play it! Imagine how would you behave, talk and sit if you were a person with outstanding experience and a top professional. Don’t overplay though, and this tactic will reduce your stress by changing the focuse of your attention from being afraid to do or say something wrong to playing a successful candidate.
7. Don’t overestimate the importance of the HR manager. Yes, it’s he who evaluates you and determines if you get the job or not. But at the same time he is also doing his job and is worried about doing it well. In other words, he pays a lot of attention to monitor if he behaves right and if he asks everything he needs. So, if you really say something wrong, he may not pay much attention to it.
8. Be sincere. If you feel you cannot cope with your nervousness, it’s better to say honestly that you are a bit stressed because you attend interviews rarely. Interviewers understand that and won’t judge you – of course, if you’re not too stressed that can’t even say a word.
9. Don’t be silent and don’t refuse to answer the question. If you feel you don’t know the answer to particular questions, the worst thing you can do is to say, ‘I don’t know’. Tell something related to this question or change the topic gently. This will demonstrate that even if you don’t know something, you take an initiative, and this quality is always valued.