You’ve researched, you’ve networked, and now you have applied to the job. You’ve taken all of the necessary steps and now the big job interview day is approaching. You should be excited but with big life-changing events, comes an even bigger set of nerves. In a recent U.S. News & World Report article, Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, provides you with some helpful hints to calm the job interview nerves.
1. They’ve Already Shown an Interest in You
You’ve already overcome one of the biggest hurdles; they liked your resume which means they already think that you could be a good fit for the job. You are no longer an unknown to them. You can now take this time to further promote yourself and your capabilities.
2. Rest Up
Getting rest before the interview can make you more alert and responsive to whatever questions they throw your way. By getting a full night’s sleep, you are more likely to put your best foot forward during the interview.
Barrett-Poindexter highlights that there are common questions that are asked in most interviews such as “name your biggest accomplishment,” or “describe a mistake you made and how you learned from it.” Since these are common questions, be one step ahead, and practice your responses before your interview. It is helpful if your responses show how you will be an asset to the company.
4. Promote Your Abilities
Take this opportunity to display your abilities and skill set to the interviewer. Have anecdotes available to describe times when you used your aptitude to accomplish a task or solve a problem. These stories can also show how you will fit into the culture of the company.
5. Eat Breakfast
Eat breakfast or a meal before the interview. Instead of paying attention to a hungry stomach, you will be more attentive to the interview at hand and you will be able to perform better.
6. Be Prepared
Prior to the interview day, pick your outfit, figure out the directions to the interview site, and sort out last minute details. This way you will not be overwhelmed with unnecessary tasks on the big day.
7. Arrive Early
Show up to your interview at least 15 minutes early. This will give you the opportunity to get your things in order, take a deep breath, and relax before the interviewer calls you in.
Use these steps to guide you in your interview preparation. They will help you to feel ready and relaxed for the big day. Best of luck!