Taming the Pre-Interview Jitters
Getting a call to schedule an interview is definitely cause to celebrate. However, once the excitement dies down, it is normal for pre-interview nerves to set in. If you have experienced pre-interview jitters, you are not alone. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the LaSalle Network found that 81 percent of applicants experience some degree of stress and anxiety before a job interview. Unfortunately, if nerves take over during an interview you may appear to lack confidence which could ultimately cost you a job opportunity. To calm some of those jitters, here are some tips to help you get your nerves in check before the interview.
Research the company: Researching the company that you are interviewing for is one way to alleviate pre-interview stress. Look at their website and social media to familiarize yourself with the company. It can also be helpful to find out if there is any notable press or achievements that you should be aware of. By researching the company, you will get a better feel and understanding for the environment that you will be walking into on the day of your interview.
Rehearse interview questions: Fear of saying the wrong thing during an interview caused anxiety for 58 percent of those polled by the LaSalle Network. If saying the wrong thing is also a concern to you, take time to rehearse answers to common interview questions (especially hard to answer questions that you are uncomfortable with). By rehearsing answers to interview questions in the days before an interview, your answers will sound confident and conversational. Confidence during your interview is sure to impress the interviewer and can make or break an interview.
Prepare the night before: Being underprepared was a cause of pre-interview anxiety for 28 percent of the individuals polled. Luckily, being prepared is something that you can easily remedy. The night before your interview make sure to lay out your interview outfit, review driving directions and gather everything that you plan on bringing to the interview including an extra copy of your resume.
Schedule a midmorning interview: Nerves and anxiety only seem to grow throughout the day as you are waiting for an interview. Scheduling a midmorning interview will ensure that you have time to wake up, wrap up any last minute preparations and get to the interview with time to spare. However, a midmorning interview does not leave you with much time to stress.
Map your route: The LaSalle Network found that 35 percent of applicants surveyed were concerned with arriving on time for their interview. The fear of arriving late can cause anxiety, and it’s not unfounded. After all, arriving late to an interview can ruin your chances at receiving a job offer. Not only should you map the best route, but you should also prepare an alternate route should traffic become an obstacle.
Arrive early to your interview: Plan on arriving at your interview 30 minutes early. Even though you don’t want to enter the building until 10 minutes before the interview, arriving 30 minutes early ensures that you aren’t late and you can do any pre-interview calming rituals that you need. For example, taking a brisk walk around the block can help you to calm your nerves.
Being stressed is a natural reaction before a big interview; however, it is important not to allow anxiety to dictate your success in an interview.