Few things are more stress- introducing than interviews. You know you can do the job.You just have to make a good impression and show the hiring manager and the people you will be reporting to that you what it takes to be a great team player.
So what can you do to appease or calm your mind and make sure that nerves don’t get in the way of a potential opportunity .
Whether you are going into a phone interview, a more casual informational session or have a marathon day where you are meeting all the higher ups, study up. It will make you feel more at easy . If you have that information in your back pocket .
” Know the company , know the job , and know the job description . Have a five – minute elevator pitch for when they say ,’ tell me about yourself,” says career coach and counselor Eileen Sharaga. ”The best way to mitigate anxiety is to be prepared , to understand do you really want this job ? Are you qualified for this job ? Is it a real stretch for you ?
Knowing that will help you anticipating what the person on the other side of the table will ask .
Whether it is with a friend, family member,mentor, coach or even your pet ,make sure that you don’t go in cold .Run a series of mock interviews so no question catches you off guard .
What we know is that practice helps to support the neutral connections in our brain that are associated with a given behavior so t hat your responses sort of became a habit, says New York – based career coach and psychological counselor Cicely Horshan -Brathwaite . When you are in a situation that has higher stress – an interview , you are able to more easily respond because you strengthened those neutral connections and toward that behavior.
Don’t reveal your sense of desperation
Career coach and counselor Sharage says that as much as you might want the job. don;t let a sense of desperation creep into your interactions. And if it becomes evident that something is actually a good fit, approach it with care .
You don;t want to have job hunt again in six months because you didn’t listen to your gut. Operate like a consultant . You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you .; Sharaga says; ” you want to make sure this is the right fit, that this is the right environment .”
Self- efficacy is everything
In psychology , self -efficacy is essentially a persons belief that they are capable and can execute on and accomplish the goal in front of them .
Don’t be all things to all people
If all goes well , it’s entirely possible that before the process is over you may have interviewed with multiple people at the company over three or four sessions . but if you are finding it to be a slog and having a hard time maintaining the same level of enthusiasm , listen your self and try to figure out why .
Stay cool,calm and collected
You have made it to the big show ; in the office, wearing your interview best, going to meet the big decision – makers . Even if you are thrilled about the prospect of joining the company , it can be a long and tiring process . But there are a few simple tricks you can use to stay fresh .
Treat every opportunity seriously
While an information interview could be just that , three weeks or months down the line , areal job could materialize. Horsham – Braithwaite recommends approaching that coffee with as much seriousness as a last round interview.” interviews at all levels are opportunities for interpersonal engagement/ connection.”