Going through a job interview isn’t often high up on most people’s lists. In fact, it’s usually something that most of us dread. You’re nervous, you really want (or need!) that job, and it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed.
Unfortunately, if you’re too nervous, your interviewing process won’t go as smoothly as you need it to, and you might be shooting yourself in the foot when it comes to being the candidate of choice. Here are five pro-active steps that you can take to ensure that you’ll be calm, cool and collected for your next interview – and you could increase your chances of getting hired!
Get Prepared Ahead of Time
If you prepare before you head in for your actual interview, it will definitely pay off. We don’t mean the night before, either! Take some time to read through common interview questions and put together a list of your strengths as a candidate. You’ll seem more focused and less nervous if you’re already aware of what questions they may toss your way.
Don’t Forget to Smile (and relax!)
Looking tense and fearful is no way to land a job! Take a few deep breaths if you do feel nervous and don’t forget to smile! The way you come off during your interview will also help your interviewer feel better and both of you will come out with a better outlook.
Look the Part
There’s nothing worse than showing up for an interview wearing the wrong type of clothes. Pay attention to the type of job you’re applying for and dress as if you’ve already been hired. Even if you’re applying at a causal firm, you’re still going to want to be dressed and pressed for success.
Focus on Culture
Take the time to check out the company culture where you’re applying. Culture matters a lot these days and your interviewer is looking for someone who will mesh well. Don’t be afraid to highlight what you think of their culture and how you feel you’d fit in. They’re gauging the same things about you!
Practice, Practice, Practice
The best way to prepare for an interview is to prepare with a few mock interviews. If you’re working with a recruiter, they’ll be able to coach you through this process and help you with tips that will make your next interview a huge success.
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