Kelly e-mailed us because she gets overly nervous about job interviews. She wants to know how to get over it before her upcoming interviews.
It’s natural to get nervous when you interview. Here are some key things you can do to overcome your anxiety. Before the interview It boils down to self-confidence, which largely comes from preparation. There are three ways you should prepare:
Before the interview
It boils down to self-confidence, which largely comes from preparation. There are three ways you should prepare:
#1 – Research
Get information about the industry and the specific company. If they’re a public company, you’ll find a lot of information available. If not, you can still check out their web site and search the internet to see what you can learn. Also, check your local library.
Try to learn more about the person or persons with whom you’ll be talking. Once again, Google them. Also, check out social media sites like Facebook and Linked In to see what you learn.
#2 – Questions and answers
Think about the questions they might ask and prepare your answers. Reflect upon your past interviews for some clues. Also talk to friends who have interviewed recently. And if you have friends in human resources or management, get some hints from them.
As you think about how you’ll answer the questions, focus on what makes you unique. Everyone says they’re a “good people person”. Think “you” – how will hiring you benefit them? Give specific examples from your past that show what you can do.
#3 – Rehearse
Practice in front of a mirror until you’re happy with what you’re saying and how you’re saying it. Also, set up a friend with flash cards so you can do some role playing.
If that friend is in human resources or management, so much the better. If you don’t know anyone like that, find a friend who’s a successful interviewee with whom to practice.
During the interview
You’re prepared and the bigg day is upon you. Now put yourself in the right frame of mind. Keep in mind that a little bit of anxiety is good – it will make you sharper.
On the show, Mary-Lynn said that a good friend of hers gave her some great advice the day before a bigg interview
Give yourself a positive affirmation as you’re walking in. You can do it – you’re fully prepared!
As the interview starts, focus only on the conversation at that moment. Don’t worry about anything from the past. Don’t try to anticipate upcoming questions. Deal with one question at a time.
And remember, it’s just a conversation. Pretend it’s a good friend and you’re telling him or her all about the work you’ve done, the work you want to do, and why you should be hired.
Finally, remember they have to sell you, too. You’re investigating a job opportunity. This may not be the right one. You’re there to learn about them and let them know how great you are! That’s all!
Thanks, Kelly. We know you’ll do great!
If you have a bigg challenge, send it our way firstname.lastname@example.org,
Our bigg quote today comes from Beyonce Knowles:
nervous, I know I’m going to have a good show.”
Turn your nervousness about nervousness upside down so when it’s show time, you’ll be a star!
Next time, we’ll look at how two great coaches built their winning teams. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!