Are you feeling the pressure? Don’t worry, you’re not alone if you feel interview stress. Most people do. After all, the interview is a pressure situation. Stress is a natural part of the process.
We feel stress because its important……but the problem occurs if you let yourself be overwhelmed by that stress and freeze up. The best candidates are the ones who are best able to deal with the pressure and still give a great interview.
Feeling stressed can actually be good for you. Honest. Stress raises performance and focuses the mind…..if it doesn’t destroy your interview chances first. The trick is knowing how to handle it.
Interview stress is primarily about fear: that we won’t do well or that we will fail.
Often these fears can become a self fulfilling prophecy. Your outcomes will usually match your expectations. Candidates who feel positive about the interview will always perform better.
So here are the top tips to handling interview stress
• Know what to expect
Surprises are never good for your interview. Find out what type of interview you will face. Who will be interviewing you? Will you be asked to do a interview presentation?
Do your research and find out what they will be looking for from you. NOW.
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• Be prepared
You will feel a lot less stressed if you feel ready for anything. As you learn how the interview process works, your fear will melt away in the face of a newfound confidence.
• Focus on performance
Don’t waste time worrying about what you can’t control. Yes, the interviewer may have 3 heads, or they may offer your job to someone else after all your effort. But your job is to make sure that you give a great interview performance. Regardless. Focus on being ready and giving a great performance – the outcomes will take care of themselves.
• Prepare you answers
sample interview questions .
Make sure you know how you will deal with those tough interview questions that could leave you squirming.
• Have a routine
all the best athletes know what they are going to do – use the guide to what to do
before the interview
to help you.
• Keep a perspective
Whether or not you get the job, you are still a great candidate. This wont be your only opportunity.
Understand that when an interviewee has “failed” it is the outcome of a long process.
It hasn’t gone to plan on this occasion. When you can take a step back and see the processes involved you can begin to move forward by asking the questions that empower you:
What worked for me?
Where can I improve?
How will I improve?
As you focus on these questions you move toward your eventual success.
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