It is natural to feel anxious when you have an interview. The fear of not knowing what you will be asked and not being in control of the situation can sometimes leave you worrying excessively. If you have an interview coming up that you are worried about, here are 7 tips to help you overcome interview anxiety.
1. Be prepared
Most employers will ask what you know about their company. Prepare for this question by doing some research into the company you have applied for. Try to remember a few key points such as when the company was founded, where the head office is and how many stores or depots it has. Find out what the company values are, so you can show that you share these values.
Practice your interview with someone. Try to visualise yourself in the interview room; practice talking about your skills and what you have to offer the company. The more you say it out loud, the more natural it will feel saying it in the interview.
3. Get a good night's sleep
Go to bed early the night before your interview, so you feel refreshed and alert. Have your outfit washed, ironed and ready to put on.
4. Plan your journey
Plan your route and work out how long it will take to get to the interview; do a practice run if needed. Set off 10 or 15 minutes earlier than you need to. It is better to be early than late; you can always wait outside once you get there.
5. Play relaxing music
Listen to music to help you relax. Find some soothing music that will calm your nerves and help you prepare for the interview. Just remember to turn off your music and put it away before entering the interview building.
6. Focus on your breathing
Take deep breaths to calm your nerves before and during the interview. If you feel your nerves starting to take over, pause and take a breath. Take a few moments to concentrate on your breathing and collect your thoughts before starting again.
7. Admit you're nervous
There is nothing wrong with admitting to the interviewer that you are nervous; they may be nervous too. Explain it is your first interview in a while. Most employers will expect someone coming for an interview to be nervous.
Think positively and be enthusiastic; let the interviewer see your real personality. They already know you have the right skills for the job from your CV. The main purpose of an interview is for them to get to know you and see if you will fit into their team and company.
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