Dealing with interview jitters

Dealing with interview jitters

An interview can be intimidating even if you are the perfect person for the job. Improving your performance during an interview can be a matter of learning to alleviate your anxiety.

Preparing for your interview can be extremely helpful.

  • Read about the company and what they do
  • Prepare your responses to common interview questions (strengths, weaknesses, plans for the future, etc.)
  • Remind yourself of the achievements that make you worthy of the job

Change your mind-set about the interview

  • Remember that the interview is the best time to understand whether the company culture aligns with your values
  • Think about it as an opportunity to learn more about the organisation, and not just an opportunity for them to interview you

Small details

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Set aside the clothes you’ll be wearing (Dress for success!)
  • Plan to get to the interview 15 minutes ahead of time

During the interview

  • Focus on your breathing to calm yourself
  • If you need, ask for a second to gather yourself
  • Take water with you and take small sips between questions

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