Getting past the job application process is an accomplishment, but being asked to attend a job interview tends to make people feel slightly apprehensive. Being stressed or nervous is a natural experience many people feel before going to a job interview. The few days leading up to the interview can be rather overwhelming and daunting, but there are many ways to reduce the job interview stress level and to remain calm and composed.
Do your research
Before heading out for any interview, it is essential that you do a thorough research of the company and of the position that you have applied for. To impress the interviewer, you will need to show him/her that you have taken time out to read about the company, and that you have made the effort to do the background research. Use social media platforms to find out more about the company. Visualize the company, and how it would feel like working for them. This will, no doubt, not only impress the interviewer but will also prevent you from stumbling over your words and saying the clichéd ‘erm’, and ‘er’s.
Change your outlook
People often think going to interviews is like being scrutinized under a magnifying glass by one or more people. Understandably, this can make you feel nervous and extremely stressed. However, you can change this attitude by thinking of the interview as a way of finding out more about the company and vice versa. Believe it or not, companies have to sell the position to you, so they will also have to impress you just like how you impress them.
Practice your answers
One of the most common ways to reduce your job interview stress levels is to prepare yourself! Be over prepared. Gather a list of potential questions that are relevant to the position that you have applied for. These questions can often be found on the Internet. Practice the answers to these questions. By the end of your practicing sessions, you should know all the answers without looking at your notes. Another important thing to remember is to think of questions about the company that you can ask at the end of the interview. This will show your enthusiasm, and will impress the interviewer.
Practice speech and body language
It is extremely important to have assertive and confident body language. If you slouch or stroll into the room, the interviewer will not be impressed. Make eye contact at all times. When shaking hands, make sure it is not flimsy or too firm. When sitting on a chair, make sure your back is straight. When speaking, make sure your words are clear and steady. Don’t give the interviewer the opportunity to rethink his/her decisions.
Schedule your interview (if possible)
The best time to go to an interview is in the mornings. If you have a choice and if it’s possible, it’s better for you to choose a morning interview. This way you will not have a chance to build up stress or negative thoughts. However, if your interview is in the afternoon, wake up early, go through all your notes and then take out some time to relax.
Interviews are a bit like exams. Go to sleep early and sleep well. Don’t wake up in the middle of the night to go over your answers. Sleep through the night and wake up early. You’ll feel refreshed and energized, which will only build positive and optimistic thoughts. It will also leave you with enough energy to go through your answers. Again.
Prepare your clothes the night before
If you are to wear smart clothes or smart casual to the interview, it is important that you sort out your clothing issues the night before or a few days before the interview. Go through your wardrobe, and pick out the clothes you need. Wash them. Iron them. Make sure they smell fresh. Put them on a hanger. When you wake up in the morning, all you would need to do is simply slip into them. As we all know, first impressions make lasting impressions.
Do a relaxation session
If you are extremely nervous and stressed about the daunting interview, take out some time to relax. Do yoga, go to the gym, do retail therapy, do pampering sessions, or whatever makes you relax, calm and makes you think rationally.
As stressed as you may be, it is always easier to go into the interview with a positive mind and a positive attitude. Smile and give it your best shot.
by Jasmine Ripa | 03 July 2013 | Strike Jobs Journalist