July 12, 2012

Interview Tips to Help Calm Your Nerves

Though the statistics are nearly a decade old, chances are they still hold up: 96% of job seekers have difficulty sleeping the night before a job interview, according to a 2004 survey by financial recruitment firm Portfolio Payroll.

If you’re one of the 4%, you can stop reading now. However, if you’re part of the majority, here are some interview tips to help you relax before your big day.

In the article, “Four Tips to Help Job Seekers Overcome Job Interview Jitters,” writer and human resources consultant Deborah S. Hildebrand offers these suggestions to help nervous candidates calm down before their job interview:
  • Take deep breaths or clench and release your fists several times before, during, and after the interview to relieve stress.
  • Videotape yourself or watch yourself in a mirror during practice interviews.
  • Review your work history and know it cold so you are better equipped to answer interview questions, including those that recruiters ask the most.
  • Don’t rush the job interview by trying to avoid pauses in the conversation. They’re a normal part of any interview. Instead, take your time, consider your answer, and paraphrase to ensure you’ve understood the question.
  • Prepare a list of questions you want answered in advance, so you won’t leave anything out.
Additionally, we recommend these interview tips to help you prepare for that all-important, nerve-wracking job interview:
  • Know where you are going and what time you should arrive. Drive by the location in advance, if you have any concerns about finding it.
  • Have the name and job title of the person you are to meet.
  • Prepare what you will wear the night before. Make sure everything is clean and mended. No safety pins, wrinkled clothes, or scuffed-up shoes.
With everything taken care of in advance, you will be able to relax and do your best. No sense losing sleep or the job offer over a bad case of nerves. 

And if you have any other questions or need further assistance with your IT job search, contact us.

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