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Job Interview Tips: How Not to Mess Up

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Whether you have been working your whole life or you’re fresh out of college, and you’re ready to take on the world— interviews never seize to be nervewracking. No matter how many times you have gone to an interview, the feeling of dread and not being prepared enough are things that stay. Even the most confident individuals can feel nervous and unprepared.

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Interviews require you to be really prepared in the sense that you should know about the company, their history, background, goals, etc. It may even come to the point when you know the company’s vision-mission better than their regular staff.

Despite researching about what questions may come up in an interview, you never really know what they are going to ask you in there. But truth be told, even if you were handed a cheat sheet beforehand, you would still feel quite worried about what is going to happen.

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How to Calm Down Before a Job Interview

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Most companies like to hire individuals who are confident in their skills. So you really need to show them that you genuinely believe that you can be a valuable asset to them. However, it’s pretty hard to show that you are confident when your hands are shaking, and you have sweatdrops on your forehead.

Here are some things that you can do to stay calm before your job interview.

1. Walk it out.

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Yes, walk it out. You wake up feeling nervous about the interview— go ahead and jog. This will keep your mind off the interview. It will shift your focus on your route, the sensation of running, the scenery, etc. You can also go to the area of the interview a little earlier than scheduled. Walk around the block before you head to the interview.

2. Prepare to do the best, but also prepare for the worst.

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You may not be able to control what goes down in the interview, but you can control yourself. You should do your best to prepare, but have a contingency plan in case the interview does not go the direction you want.

3. Search for cheat sheets.

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Let’s face it, no matter how many interview cheat sheet you see online— they don’t guarantee that you would be able to answer everything in the interview. Cheat sheets are more of a guide than an actual cheat sheet to be quite honest. But you at least have to have the company address, the hiring manager’s name, the time, the three main points that you’d like to get across in the interview, your questions, etc. in mind.

4. Make plans for after the interview.

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Focusing too much on the interview will make you too nervous to function. So it is better if you plan other things on the same day. Maybe plan to eat dinner somewhere nice after the interview. You can even meet up with friends so that you can tell them what happened. Making plans for after the interview gives you something to look forward to.

5. Don’t go to the interview hungry.

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The last thing you want to happen is for your tummy to growl right in the middle of the interview. Also, you might miss some stuff if you try making it work on an empty stomach. So make sure that you come into your interview after eating a nice meal. You can also bring a comfort snack to keep you calm before the interview.

6. Get someone to give you a pep talk.

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You can do this yourself too. Talk yourself up. Tell yourself that you can do this. If your inner voice is not working, get someone else to give you a pep talk.

7. Make a calming playlist.

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Music can set the mood right for you. You need to be in a calm and focused mood before the interview— prepare a calming playlist or look for an existing one. Actually, it doesn’t always have to be calming music, you can have an energy boost of a playlist or maybe just listen to a podcast. See what works for you.

Conclusion

Feeling nervous before an interview is normal. After all, it is what stands between being unemployed and being employed. Succeeding in an interview is a big step in life. Keep in mind that at the end of the day, you have full control of yourself. Find inspiration and listen to motivational speakers or personalities to boost your confidence. It’s okay to be a little nervous. But don’t let this get in the way.

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