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Interview Nerves

Does the mere mention of a job interview make your palms sweat? Is your heart racing already? Are you biting your nails? Let’s dive a little deeper into the mentality of what makes a job interview so intimidating and what we can do to calm our nerves.

Being nervous for a job interview is totally natural as our careers are so important to us; placing the next step of our future into someone else’s hands is nerve wracking. You may also feel that during the interview you are being judged, and are uncomfortable and intimidated by that. A lot of the nerves come from constant worrying in the back of your mind such as: what questions will be asked and how you will answer, what if there’s something about you that they don’t like, concern over lack of other opportunities, and your discomfort in talking about yourself.

Everyone has their own tips and tricks for overcoming interview nerves but here are a few to get you started:

  • Meditate the night before, the morning of the interview and right before the interview. Focus on the same, gentle breathing techniques (in four, hold seven, out eight) you used in the morning and the night before during meditation. This is a really good way to help you relax.
  • Practice interviewing with family or friends to help you with the answers to potential questions that you may be asked. This helps you to feel more comfortable talking about yourself as well.
  • Make sure you research the company you are interviewing with so you are well versed in what they do; try to come up with some questions to ask, as this will show your interest in the company.
  • Remember your work related stories and how they can tie into a question such as “What was the most difficult problem you faced at work and how did you overcome it?” It’s important to make sure your answer ties into the employer’s needs instead of just making the story about yourself.

It’s important to remember that your resume was selected for a reason and that you made it this far because they are interested in you. The interview stage allows a potential employer to really dive into getting to know you, like any person you might meet at a gathering or networking event. The only difference is that you get into more details such as your previous work history, skills, strengths and weaknesses. You talk to friends and acquaintances about where you work, what you do and your interests within your job - which are all discussion points in the interview as well. In a way, try to psych yourself up that you were chosen for a reason and the rest is up to you. Ensure that you believe in your abilities and competencies, while painting a clear image of yourself to match the employer’s needs and you will go into the interview with amazing confidence!

I, myself, was nervous heading into my interview with MD Financial Management. I have since had the opportunity to work with the recruitment team here and have learned that everyone fully understands interview nerves. All team members do everything they can to make the interview feel less like an “interrogation” and more like a conversation. Approach the interview in the same way and you’re taking the first step towards success.