Preparing For An Interview? Here Are 4 Ways To Eliminate Nervousness
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By Mutuma Evans
I know once or twice we have all gone through an interview session and this ‘disease’ of nervousness tends to always beat down our own courage before that first interview invite phone call.
The sudden crushing fear of the impending performance is enough to make anyone’s head spin.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Fortunately for all of us (introverts included), it’s possible to adjust our approach towards an interview in order to reduce nervousness. Consider these tips helpful to leverage your nervousness into confidence.
1. Prepare frequently and early
This does a shout to procrastinators. Waiting until the eve of your interview won’t do you any favours when it comes to remembering everything you need to during an interview.
It’s in your interest to practice your interview answers days before your interview because this creates a repetition practising method.
As a result, your conversation will be more natural and you will be able to remember everything when the opportunity presents to speak about your skills and accomplishments.
2. Switch Seats With Your Interviewer
This is another simple mental shift tip you can do. When you are nervous about an interview, think yourself as the one interviewing.
After all an interview is not a one-way traffic. This tip best serves as a platform for you to even do further research intensively about the potential company in order to know what you’re getting yourself into. This will provide an insight if you really need the job in the first place.
3. Swap ‘Scared’ to ‘exited’
Let’s start here, Stop telling yourself you are nervous, I know your heart might be pounding, breathing unusually and even to some extent you might even be sweating a little more unusually, but you know what? We all have the same reactions when we become a little more excited.
It’s only that fear dips us towards the negative direction while excitement catapults us towards the positive direction.
So take the win. Every time you start to tell yourself you are nervous about an interview, remind yourself that nervous energy also fuels excited energy. Then channel that energy into preparing for the interview and choose to win.
4. Lower the Stake
Interview nervousness always comes as a result of what’s in line, for example; a job you want or your personality. So what if you decide nothing is riding on your interview? Simply lower your stakes. At least if you can’t psych yourself for a job, ensure you don’t make assumptions about the job early.
Lastly folks, it’s natural to be nervous about an interview. After all, not everyone wakes up excited to convince strangers to hire them. But with these tips, you are on a straightforward path to reduce edginess