How to keep your cool during a job interview
A big job interview can be one of the most stressful things you will do in your professional life. So much is riding on such a short amount of time. However being able to keep your cool, and stay calm and collected is vital. Being able to express yourself clearly in a confident and relaxed way will give you the greatest chance of getting the job.
Here are some tips on how to keep your cool during a job interview:
- Come prepared
Research the company, the industry, and the job role. Brainstorm some possible questions and your answers to them. Consider some strong stories to back up your points. Write out some questions to ask your interviewer. Coming prepared to your interviewer is key to feeling confident.
- Arrive early
Get to your interview early and collect your thoughts. Go through your research and notes. Take a deep breath and concentrate on what is to come. Arriving late you cause yourself to become even more stressed and will give off the wrong impression.
- Have a conversation
Think of the interview as a conversation between two people, not an interrogation. This will make you feel more relaxed and confident. Remember that the interviewer wants you to do well; they are on your side.
- Take your time
Do not rush to answer every question immediately. Take a few seconds to think about what you are going to say before answering. A good answer said slowly is better than a worse answer said quickly.
- Don’t let mistakes trip you up
In a high pressure, high stress situation like a job interview mistakes are inevitable. Interviewers understand this. If you make a mistake correct it immediately and move on, try to forget about it and carry on with the interview. A perfect interview is rare, if not impossible.
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