Even while seated at the reception, the thought of you going into the interview room is enough to make you sweat profusely. So you sit there and hope the receptionist or the other candidates do not notice how nervous and sweaty you are.
Truth is, if this hasn't happened to you, then you know at least one person who always has a hard time with job interviews. They just can’t help themselves.
"I am generally a nervous person and job interviews makes the condition even worse. I can't even bring myself to sleep the night before attending one. What can I do to feel comfortable before and during job interviews?" poses Martha Kwamboka* who adds that even if she is qualified for most jobs, she doesn't get invited for second interviews.
If you are sailing in the same boat as Martha, here are some tips to help you out.
1) Plan ahead
This cannot be stressed enough. All too often job applicants get knots in the pits of their stomachs because they don’t know what to expect. Not knowing what kind of curve balls employers can throw at you can be pretty nerve wrecking.
For example, if there is a particular question that you are just dreading that the interviewer will ask? If so, face your greatest fear and try coming up with an answer that is both honest and will reflect you in a positive light.
2. Take your Time
If your anxiety comes before the interview, it's important to note that you don't have to answer questions immediately. Pause before answering and collect your thoughts. If you worry about drawing a blank during interviews, a great technique is to take notes as everyone talks.
This takes the focus off of you and allows you to refer to your notes after a question has been asked.
3. Minimise the stressors
You know what, if you are stressed and uncomfortable, this will only make the situation only worse. Small things such as uncomfortable clothing, getting lost, or showing up late. Well in advance, choose an outfit that is comfortable and that looks good on you.
If you aren't familiar with the location of the interview, give yourself plenty of time to find it or do a trial run a day or two before.
4. Be Positive
It's only in your head! C'mon, what's the worst that can happen? It may calm your anxiety to visualize a successful interview. Picture yourself in the interview room making a fantastic impression and try to vividly imagine the strong sense of positive confidence that you will feel.
You’ll get the best results if you combine the visual with the strong positive feeling and associate the two. It’s a fast and easy way to focus your thoughts and get a burst of confidence.
5. Be open about nervousness
Lastly, if you start feeling nervous during the interview remember that it’s ok to admit it. During the beginning of the interview or if you start to stumble on a question, it’s ok to say something like, “I apologize, I’m extremely nervous. This is my first interview” or “It’s been quite some time that I’ve been in this position.”
This will only make you appear more human and the interviewer may just be able to relate to you more.
This post originated on, www.onmogul.com.