Interviews are not always a walk in the park. They can be intimidating and nerve wracking. If your hands sweat and your heart feels like it is going to beat out of your chest before an interview, we are here to tell you that these symptoms are not always necessary. Interviews are just a conversation, and a tool used for employers to assess your skills and get to know who you truly are.
Come Prepared and Relaxed
A great way to ease pre-interview anxiety is to ensure that you are well-prepared. Make sure your resume is up to date and free of errors. Bring a copy of your resume with you to the interview. It is also very important to research the company you are interviewing with. Most interviewers will ask you what you know about their company. Practice answering common interview questions, however, avoid sounding rehearsed during your interview. If you prepare a head of time this can significantly lower pre-interview anxiety. Relaxation during an interview shows confidence and it allows you to show who you truly are!
Watch Your Body Language
Greet everyone you meet at your interview with friendliness. A warm smile and a handshake can go a long way. However, make sure you are adhering to the companies COVID-19 policies. If they ask you to wear a mask, wear one. Maintain eye contact and make sure you do not slouch in your chair. Avoid nervous habits such as tapping your foot and biting your nails, we often do these things without even realizing it.
Don’t be Afraid to Tell Stories
Employers need to know how your work history has prepared you for the position you are interviewing for. Describe the things that you liked and even did not like about your past jobs and what you learned from the highs and lows, but it is apparent that you avoid negativity. Do not speak poorly about your previous employers, if you must tell them what you did not like about a previous job, explain how that can prepare you for future challenges. Always. Remain. Positive!
Remember: They Want to See the Real You.
Even if you are perfectly qualified for the position, it won’t mean anything if your personality does not match with the company culture. Americans spend up to 40 hours a week at their jobs with the same people every day. When personalities clash between coworkers, work can be miserable. Be the best version of your true self when you go into an interview, and above all, remain honest and polite!
Just the fact that you were asked for an interviewer shows that the employer is already interested in you, so with that fact alone, you should have no hesitation in being confident during an interview. You got this!