Does the thought of an interview or job fair make your palms sweat?
Don’t worry, before an interview or big hiring event it is 100% normal to feel a little anxious. Here are some tips to help you keep calm!
Don’t forget to breathe!
Speaking to an employer can feel like 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 other delays can cause our nerves to SKY rocket. Avoid them by leaving EARLY and planning your route. Check out Google maps a few days prior and see how long it will take to arrive at that location. If you’re driving get gas the night before, if you are taking the train or bus have your pass with you or money ready to buy a ticket/pass. Be sure to check the weather too to see if you need an umbrella so you are comfortable and stay dry by the time 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. Tuck these into a folder or bag that is easy to access 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 employers with a firm handshake and SMILE. 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.
How do YOU stay calm during a high-stress situation?