There is no doubt about it: Interviews are nerve-racking! Sweaty palms, increased heart rate, upset stomach, forgetfulness, and negative thoughts are all common symptoms of nervousness, especially before a big interview. How do you overcome these? I am sorry to say, there really isn’t a surefire way to get rid of those nerves completely, but I do have a few tips for alleviating some of the anxiety in preparing for the big day.
First of all, remind yourself that employers anticipate the interviewee to be nervous, and they don’t expect you to have the right answer to every question. But they are going to be selfish and dig around to make sure you will be the right candidate for their culture and clientele. It is important to go into the interview knowing and understanding that fact because you will only get one shot at making that first impression.
Your goal is to convince the employer that you are the right one for the job. It is not bragging. It is being confident in your skills and capabilities. You must go into an interview looking at it from their perspective. What can you offer them? What will you do for their business?
Stop thinking about why you want the job, why you need the job, and what the job will do for your future. Instead, try to focus on your strengths and how that can help the organization succeed. Stand out from the crowd and give the employer what they want.
Here are seven simple steps to stand out, give your nerves a rest, and completely ace that upcoming interview:
Lastly, remember that out of multiple resumes received, YOU were part of the handful picked for an interview. Your resume stood out from the rest; now it is time for you to stand out as a professional.
Best of luck!
As a Career Services Advisor at Bryan University, Brandi Haven works with students and graduates to set goals, reach goals, and succeed in their careers. Having worked in multiple facets of the healthcare industry and higher education, Brandi strives to empower students to effectively advance their careers and their education within their chosen industry. Brandi is a registered medical assistant, holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration/management and will complete her master's degree in healthcare administration/education in 2014. She may be contacted via email at brandi.haven@bryanuniversity.
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