The Number 1 Secret To Reduce Anxiety at Job Interviews

By Kenneth OhJul 24, 2015

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Got a big interview coming up? Here are 7 ways to help you manage your worries:

*If you’re pressed for time, scroll down to read our #1 tip!

7. Research, research, research

Simply visiting the company website isn’t going to cut it. Update yourself on the current issues surrounding the company’s industry by watching and reading the news. Attempt to find out the target segment of the organization, it’s unique selling proposition, and even how it interacts with its customer base. Even if you get things a little wrong, your interviewer will appreciate the effort you took to find out more about them. Read more about how to research companies pre-interview here:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2014/05/22/the-ultimate-guide-to-researching-a-company-pre-interview/

6. Practice the heck out of it!

Prepare for common questions like: “Why do you want to work for us?” or “What skills can you bring to the workplace?” Getting a friend to help as a mock interviewer could prove insightful as well since s/he will be able to provide feedback on not only your answers but also how you say it. For guidelines on what your ‘interviewer’ needs to look out for, check out: http://www.everydayinterviewtips.com/interview-tips/skills/mock/

5. Try to focus on things other than your anxiety

Before your interview, engage in some activities to calm your nerves. If you’re early, you could walk around the office (maybe check out any press releases, books or brochures on display), listen to some music or even read a book to take your mind off of things. During the interview itself, try to have fun! Or simply take it to be an opportunity to learn more about the organization.

4. “Fake it till you make it” — BUT —

In terms of confidence about yourself, of course! Don’t lie about your abilities, but rather make sure that you present yourself as an expert on the skills that you really do possess – whether you’re a seasoned professional or are just starting out. Don’t expect to be spoon-fed – every single person is armed with an array of skills no matter what background they have. For instance, think back to how you handled yourself in a crisis. Or if you think you have what it takes to be a leader and have any leadership experience – even from school group projects – flaunt it.

3. Have the courage to show what you have to offer

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Showcase your talents and let the interviewer know what you want, rather than hide behind niceties. A friend of mine got his job because he was very good at drawing, even though he applied to become a banking associate! He was able to display his talent as a part of his skill-set, and his dedication and perseverance showed in his craft.

2. Understand that even if you don’t get the job, there will always be one out there for you.

Life is too short to be hung up on rejections – keep moving forward till you find a place that will recognize your talents and achievements.

MOST IMPORTANTLY:

1. Know yourself 

Having a deep sense of who you are will give you the confidence to answer most interview questions with ease. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses, what you like and dislike, can help not only with providing genuine responses but also in assessing whether you truly want to work in the role or organization you are applying for in the first place.

If you’re still unsure about yourself, the key is to understand your fundamental motivations in life and what value you want to create for yourself through your career. Through life coaching programs run by Executive Coach International, you can be assured that you’ll be able to understand what is truly important to you. That itself is the best investment for yourself to last a lifetime.