Job Interview Anxiety Tips

Job interview anxiety is natural and normal and a certain amount of it will actually enhance your performance.   If you looked too relaxed in an job interview, the panel might assume you didn’t care whether or not you got the position. You may also be surprised to read that some employers feel anxious about conducting interviews!Go to the interview prepared. You cannot anticipate every possible question that might be asked of you but you can research the company by looking at their website, reading their mission statement, goals, annual reports etc. Take an additional copy of your resume. If you have some questions you would like to ask, you might like to write them down just in case you forget. Check out careers websites for commonly asked questions and prepare some answers.

Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the interview so you do not have the added stress of racing against the clock to get there when your train is cancelled or you get stuck in a traffic jam.If you are unfamiliar with the location  it may be wise to do a trial trip to your destination so you know how long it takes to get there at that time of day.

Make sure you are dressed for sucess in an outfit you feel comfortable wearing and take toiletries, comb etc. with you for any last minute touch ups. Ladies, it does not hurt to carry a spare pair of panty hose in your hand bag in case you ladder them before you get to the interview.

Do not drink caffeinated beverages  as caffeine is a stimulant and will only exacerbate your anxiety.

Do not smoke  as nicotine is a stimulant and will only exacerbate your anxiety.

Whilst waiting for your interview do some slow breathing or try to distract yourself by reading a magazine. If distraction works for you, don’t rely on there being a magazine in their waiting room, take one with you.

Change the way you think about job interviews. Yes, you want the job and they have the power to give it to you or not BUT they need an employee and you can choose to work for them or not. You may need to impress them in order to get the job but if they don’t make a favourble impression on you, you may reject the job offer.

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This article published on Nov 25, 2012. View related Articles

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