Conquering Interview Jitters
Q: Next week Iím starting the
interviewing process for my dream job. While I know Iím qualified, Iím
afraid Iíll say or do something that will take me out of the running.
How can I put my best foot forward when Iím feeling so stressed?
Few situations in life are more anxiety
producing than interviewing for a new position. So much rides on the
outcome: money, opportunity, self-esteem. Yet there are ways to calm
yourself and use your excess mental energy to your advantage. Just think
Before your interview find out as much as
you can about the job and its compensation package. Then youíll be able
to speak intelligently about how your experience, skills and personality
are a good match for what the employer is seeking.
Knowing what the position pays in advance
can also save you tremendous angst. Usually getting the job description
and compensation is easy. Just ask for it when you set the appointment.
Employers donít want to waste their time interviewing someone who is out
of the pay range or unqualified for the position.
Use the internet to get some information
on the company. You need to know if the organization is one youíll be
proud to represent. And when you refer to its products, services,
mission and direction during the interview, youíre bound to impress your
Carefully consider why you are the best
candidate for the job. Practice saying how your background and talents
match with what the employer needs. This may seem a little silly, but
youíll find it much easier to talk about yourself when your brain has
already worn a little path through the appropriate synapses.
Also be prepared to discuss your
strengths and weaknesses and why you want the position. Donít play it
cool. Employers want people on board who are excited about working for
them. Channel your jitters into enthusiasm for the job. Youíll find your
attitude is contagious.
Make your own list of questions.
Interesting questions reveal their authorís excellent grasp of the
subject, while simultaneously offering the interviewer a chance to
expound upon his knowledge and opinions. Good questions are often more
impressive than good responses.
Remember you arenít the only nervous one
at the interview. Your potential employer is probably worried about the
process and outcome of your conversation, too. Concentrate on making her
comfortable and youíll focus much less on your own inadequacies.