Are you nervous when you are about to have a job interview? I am :P. I think many people are too. I have some useful tips from an extra CD of a book called Business Communication I found at work. I will excerpt some for you here :).
The books says being nervous is natural. I think it is true. Further it says that other than public speaking, job interview is one of the most dreaded events in people’s lives. However, you can reduce your fears by following a few suggestions.
- Practise interviewing as much as you can—especially with real companies. The more interviews you experience, the less nervous you will be.
- Prepare 110 percent! Know how you will answer the most frequently asked questions. Be ready with success stories. Rehearse your closing statement. One of the best ways to reduce butterflies is to know you have done all you can to be ready for the interview.
- Take deep breaths, particularly if you feel anxious while waiting for the interviewer. Deep breathing makes you concentrate on something other than the interview and also provides much-needed oxygen.
- Remember that the interviewer isn’t the only one who is gleaning information. You have come to learn about the job and the organization. In fact, during some parts of the interview, you will be in charge. This should give you courage.
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