How to Score More and Stress Less in Job Interviews
By Sandy Schroeder
You may be quite happy where you are, or seriously looking. Either way, it’s smart to know how to stay totally cool in interviews, or other reviews, when you need to be totally poised and completely together.
For interviews, most of us know how to research the company in advance, and ask good questions, but pulling off a totally confident, first class interview can be an open question. If this is a huge opportunity, and you really want the job, your nerves may take over and need to be calmed. If you are not nervous, but just want to know how to deliver that winning punch that may take some prep, too.
Wellandgood.com’s Elana Gross pulled together some advice from career experts to provide some wise tips. She also reminded us that when we walk into an interview, a lot of screening has already been done, which suggests things may go well. Here’s what to do next.
Picture success - Spend time thinking about the company and people you will be talking to. Think about how you could fit into their group and what you would bring to the job. Imagine the interview playing out. Picture yourself at the top of your game as you connect with their representatives. When you arrive, be ready to tell your story and learn theirs. Imagine moving ahead to the next round of interviews or receiving an offer.
Arrive early and breathe deeply - Master this simple breathing exercise to let go of the stress and find the calmness that you need. Put one hand on your stomach. Inhale deeply through the nose as your stomach rises Then exhale through the mouth. Count to three for each step, and enjoy the feeling of being grounded.
Listen well - During the interview, if you begin to panic, take another deep breath, and listen closely to what’s being said. When we really listen, the content takes over and we can form good questions that show who we are and inspire them to tell us more.
Be ready for the unexpected - As you finish the interview you may be asked for final thoughts. Do your homework and come up with some very specific backup, such as in-depth facts about the company or projections about what you would do in the position.
As always, remember who you are and deal from there. Wherever the interview goes, learn from the experience.
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