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Tips For Staying Calm During An Interview
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sweaty palms, accelerated heart rate, dry mouth. You've more than likely experienced those symptoms while waiting to be interviewed or in one. Being nervous for an interview is typical, everyone experiences some kind of anxiety before being evaluated for a job. For those who can't get a grip of their nerves, this can be a real problem.

When you're nerves have gotten the best of you, you can't see the interview for what it really is: a chance for you and the hiring manager to meet and get to know one another. Instead, all that goes through you're mind is the how much is riding on doing well on this interview and the pressure building up. Interviews usually don't take place in your comfort zone, rather the hiring manager's, so naturally you'll feel at a disadvantage here. There is nothing familiar to you which can make you feel isolated.

Whether your nerves simply cause you to react faster, slower, or not at all, taking control over them is essential to representing yourself accurately and make a good impression. Cracking in an interview often demonstrates to the hiring manager that you won't be able to handle pressures of the job. To help prove that you are capable, here are some interview tips for keeping your cool in a high-pressure interview.

Think of the interviewer as being on your side. To be honest, they really are. Hiring managers wouldn't be interviewing with you if they weren't. They're giving you a shot at filling the position because they believe you have potential to do it. However, if you go into the interview thinking that they're setting you up for failure you might end up sabotaging yourself. They want to fill the position, and you have a shot at it. Show them that you are qualified and ready.

Show enthusiasm in your body language. Slouching and fidgeting shows that you're not only
uncomfortable but you have no control over your nervousness. Take your time in your speech as it can be a dead giveaway for how nervous you are. If you respond too quickly to a question, chances are you'll be wishing for a re-do.

Know that mistakes will happen and accept it. Shooting for absolute perfection is an unrealistic expectation that will add unnecessary pressure which will make you more nervous than you may have already been. Instead, know that you may slip but have the confidence to pick yourself back up. Being able to come back from a fall in an interview is a good way to show the interviewer your problem solving skills.

Don't assume or making guesses about things you're unsure of. If you don't know what to wear or are unfamiliar don't leave it until the last minute or to assumptions to figure it out. Call the Human Resources department if you must to get a clear answer of what they expect you to wear to the interview. Drive to the building beforehand so you have an idea of where to park, how long it takes to get there, the best route, etc. That way, when your interview day comes, you'll already be two steps ahead.