From time to time, we land in stressful situations. At the same time, some of us tackle those stressful situations fluently while some have anxiety and tons of stress before the action. Interviews typically land you in stressful circumstances. It is natural to have unknown butterflies in your stomach, accompanied by rising temperatures. The human body tackles the anxiety as a threat, and you feel afraid, obscure, and constant gurgling in your stomach.
The stress rises to such a level that even uttering words becomes arduous. Speech crafts an abrupt language, and you skip sentences accordingly. You have narrated questions and provided the answers yourself in front of the mirror. Nevertheless, when you finally land in the interview, all the preparation sinks.
Here are some skills and tips that will help you be confident and crack the interview.
Everyone is tense before an interview, but you can release the tension. Listen to songs or watch comedy videos. The people in the interview room will not stab you, and they are just going to ask questions. Try meditation and deep breaths that will help you relax further. We all talk with ourselves. Motivate and give yourself a pep talk. Perform in front of your family, cousins, or even in front of a mirror.
Research about the company:
It would help if you did a bit of research while going for an interview. Learn about the company where you are applying, explore their website or articles. If you show up without any knowledge, that will create a pessimistic effect.
Try to reach the destination early:
Whenever we want to travel or reach some location, every other source will be delayed. It is better advised to arrive early rather than cursing the traffic or the railways. Another benefit is that you explore the workplace, and you quickly locate the interview section.
There will be questions on questions about you, your skills, your hobbies and many more. Do not narrate about the interaction with the dog you had this morning or curse the traffic. Answer the questions, in short; remember you are not constructing a thesis.
Go through your work once:
The interviewer might ask you about projects which are listed in your CV/Resume. Go through your old projects. Due to the anxiety itself, it will be hard to remember it.
Do not summarize the skills by surfing over the web. Saying additional skills that you don’t have will silence your further statements.
Surf about famous interview questions:
Look at the diversity of the questions asked and see the answers. View the length, the tone. Do not say the exact statement.
Dress the part:
Most corporate jobs require a dress code. You don’t have to go shopping for just an interview, but it is a good idea to have a nice blazer or business suit in your wardrobe. Even if you don’t dress in high fashion, wear clean, ironed clothes. Make sure to polish your shoes. It is better to be overdressed than appearing sloppy or disinterested.
Pay attention to your body language:
You might be panicking inside, but maintaining a calm expression will make you look confident. The more fidgety you appear, the less likely you are to impress the interviewer. Sitting up straight, maintaining adequate eye contact, and speaking in a consistent tone goes a long way. That being said, don’t appear too stiff, you can gesture with your hands to emphasize a point. Lean in a little to show that you are involved in the conversation.
Play to your strengths:
Mention your areas of expertise concisely so that the employer knows what to expect from you. It might be tempting to promise excellence in all aspects of the job, but if you are not good at something, it adds to your stress and decreases your productivity later. However, do not boast about your achievements; no one likes arrogance.
Yes, it is an interview, but if you have any doubts about what is required of you, ask for more details. Discuss the salary, benefits, and work ethics of your team. Keep the questions relevant so as not to appear greedy or coarse.
Before starting the interview, most companies state what they are passionate about and the exact requirements. Interviewers may highlight essential points during the meeting, which you could miss if you don’t pay attention. Please take it as a conversation, not a question-answer session.
Explain to the interviewer why you want to work with them. Employers are often looking for creative, innovative ideas to improve their brand. Be prepared with a few original designs that are relevant to the company’s progress.
Be positive and assertive:
No employer will want to hire someone with a bad attitude. Don’t complain about your past employers or your financial situation. While most people appreciate stories of struggle, if it is not relevant to the conversation, do not bring it up.
Thank the interviewer at the end for providing you the opportunity to work with them. A firm handshake and a smile are also points of etiquette that leave a good impression.
Do not be disheartened if you don’t get the job. Maybe you didn’t fit the requirements, or someone else was better suited for the job. Know that it is not the end of the world, pick yourself up, and do better next time. Remember, practice makes perfect.
It is another exam which you will crack efficiently. Whatever may happen inside the room, should not affect you further. Even if rejection touches you, you learn about your own mistakes.