Don’t worry, before a job fair or interview it is 100% normal to feel a little anxious. Here are some tips to help you rock your next one!
Don’t forget to breathe
An interview can be a high-pressure situation but it is important to take a breath and collect yourself when you are feeling nervous. When you are asked a question and you feel yourself blanking, it’s ok! Just take a breath and pause for a moment. To you, it will feel like a LONG time, but in actuality, it will be just a few seconds. Sometimes those few seconds are all you need to clear your head and refocus!
Prepare for outside forces
Things like weather, traffic, and delays can cause our nerves to SKY rocket. Avoid them by leaving EARLY and planning your route. Know how long it should take you. If you’re driving get gas the night before, if you are taking the train or bus have your pass with you. Be sure to check the weather too to see if you need an umbrella or a heavier jacket so you are comfortable and stay dry when you arrive.
Pack the important things
Don’t forget to bring a small notebook and pen to jot things down. You will want to review your notes when you get home so everything isn’t a blur! Also be sure to bring 40-50 copies of your resume as well as a business card if you do have them. It’s always best when you are prepared and ready to go so you aren’t stressed that you forgot something or scrambling at the last minute.
Present yourself in the best ways possible
Think about how you would ideally want to present yourself as well as how you want your personality to come across to your interviewer. They are meeting you for the first time, so think about how you will come across. Practice answering questions in the mirror or record your responses and play them back. How do you sound? By prepping ahead of time and planning what you want to say, it will help build your confidence. Don't forget to smile, sit/stand up straight, listen, respond, and maintain good eye contact.
Remember to keep calm and introduce yourself to the employer with a firm handshake. Give them a good vibe! Don't forget, they are human JUST like you and have been in your shoes. They will not only understand, but they will expect you to be a bit nervous.
Check out some other great tips to help you prepare here.
Wishing you the best during your job hunt! : )