Are you one of those people who get the jitters and stressed out before and during job interviews? Have you gone totally blank during a job interview? Or have you talked so much and talked yourself out of the job?
Any job interview can be extremely stressful and nerve-wracking. To avoid these type of anxiety attacks and jitters, you need prepare yourself for any job interview and avoid any of these anxiety attacks.
Here are a few useful tips and words of advice to avoid any job interview stress attack.
Research and do a background check on the company – Before going to any interview you should undertake a research study and read as much as you can about the company from their website, annual report, press releases, etc. If you know someone in the company, try contacting them and ask them questions about the company to get an idea of the culture and hiring process and manager.
Ask a friend to help you with some mock interviews – Do some mock interviews and prepare yourself for all those difficult interview questions (don’t forget the easy questions). Mock interviews can help you to relax and be comfortable with the interview process.
Prepare all your relevant documents – Before going to any job interview you must make copies of your résumé and references. Prepare a work experience portfolio highlighting your work qualities and how you have added value to companies you worked at and their clients.
Make a list of question to ask the hiring manager – Don’t think job interviews are a one-sided question and answer session. Before going to any interview, you should prepare and write down all the questions you have about the job, the department, company profile, and leadership style.
Make sure to get enough sleep – Sometimes is difficult to get a good nights sleep before a job interview but you need to try get enough sleep and wake up refreshed and energized.
Look up the details and address of the company – Don’t wait for the last-minute to find out where your interview is going to take place, and don’t forget to find the contact number of the company. Verify these details via the company website and avoid any last-minute stress on the day of the interview.
Download driving directions or use an app – Find and print driving directions or enter the address into your smart phone and find out the estimates driving time and potential routes. Whatever the results are, add extra time for any unforeseen accidents or delays on your route. You can also use Google street maps to get an idea of the area and location of your interview. If you are still unsure, do a drive by a day or two ahead of your interview.
Go for a run and have a healthy breakfast – It is a good idea to do some physical on the morning of your interview. This will help you to relax and avoid those jitters and stress. Eat a healthy meal before your interview and avoid any food that will leave any bad breath like onions or garlic, and avoid caffeinated beverages.
Schedule enough time for your job interviews – If you have more than one job interview on the day, schedule enough time between interview so that you don’t have panic and rush if interview go into overtime and take longer than you expected.
Find out the details of the hiring manager – Find out the name and correct details of the hiring manager that you will be interviewing with. Also, you should take a copy of the job listings so that you can refer it if required.
Take a deep breath and relax – Always arrive early for any job interview to give yourself time to relax before walking into the interview. I would suggest at least 15 minutes. Doing some mediation exercises and deep breathing can help you to relax. Arriving early will help you to avoid any jitters and leave a good impression with the hiring manager about your time management skills.
Most of all you need to stay positive and don’t think that if the interview goes wrong it is the end of the world.