Ways to Handle Interview Jitters

Interviews can be incredibly nerve-wracking. While most situations where you’re under pressure are stressful, it is possible to not be overwhelmed by it. In my experience, it’s a good idea to prep as much as you can. That doesn’t mean you should memorize your answers or try to know everything they’re going to ask, but it’s a good idea to know what you want to communicate to them. What’s something important about you that a hiring manager should know? In what ways can you uniquely contribute to their team? 

Research the company and who you’re interviewing with to know what you want to say. If someone asks why you want to work at a certain place or why you’re good for the role, you should have an answer. It can ease anxieties to know to some degree or you’re talking to and what you’ll be talking about. 

To deal with jitters, taking deep breaths and trying to stay as calm as possible before is important. It still can be really hard. Something that’s helped me is focusing on the interaction. When I start to feel overwhelmed or overthink, I focus on the other person and what we’re talking about and go from there. It helps me to get out of my head and focus on having a good conversation where I can let the interviewer know about me. 

I also try to practice interviewing before the meeting. It helps me to put myself in the situation before it actually happens. Usually a friend is more than happy to go over possible questions to help me practice. It also helps me to be calm when I’ve properly prepared. That way I know I’ve done everything I can and just have to see what happens. 

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