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What's the best way to control nerves during an interview?

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Last Updated: 08/13/2018 at 10:50pm
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Top Rated Answers
May 10th, 2016 1:21pm
It's normal to be nervous for an interview. First and foremost, don't be so hard on yourself. Next, be prepared and do your research. Learn as much as you can about the company and role you are interviewing for. Before the interview look in the mirror and practice saying a few sentences about yourself, why you'd be a good fit for the job and your professional experiences. Think of some specific examples which demonstrate why you'd be a good fit.
March 11th, 2015 4:25am
Take deep breaths, you can even rehearse your interview ahead of time with a family member or friend! Confidence is key here, just walk in like you already have the job :)
March 11th, 2015 4:54pm
Prepare, prepare, prepare! I always feel nervous during interviews. But the interview is a lot easier if I know what's being asked of me, and what I think!
April 22nd, 2015 1:55am
The best way to control nerves during an interview is to have the mind that you already have the job. Dressing appropriately and having some knowledge about the company also helps.
April 1st, 2015 4:13am
Practice makes perfect. Usually we are nervous for no reason at all. After all look at it as a celebrity getting interviewed by a big magazine. Go in, smile and sit it down! You ROCK!
April 15th, 2015 3:41am
I like to meditate before hand. I practice my answers before hand in the mirror. Take a lot of deep breathes. If it's a phone interview, try walking around while talking on the phone. It helps you sound friendlier and more enthusiastic.
April 25th, 2015 10:27pm
The best advice I can give is to realize that no matter what happens (if you say/do something embarrassing, etc.) you never have to see the interviewer again unless you want to (ie. you get the job)
June 30th, 2015 3:51am
Take deep breaths. Use positive affirmations beforehand. Wear lotion or essential oil with a calming scent like lavender. Smile.
July 6th, 2015 8:41am
inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. Keep your body relax and laugh a little. Talking to a good friend before the interview is also helping i think.
July 14th, 2015 2:28pm
Just remember that you're fully in control, and you got this! You wouldn't have gotten an interview if you didn't. Stay and think positive, and try deep breathing exercises before you go.
September 15th, 2015 11:31am
By assuring yourself that even if you don't get the job you are applying for, it's not the end of the world.
September 17th, 2015 8:45pm
The best way to control nerves during an interview is to come prepared! Dress the part, not too flashy or casual, and prepare yourself with some mock interview questions ahead of time. Go into it with a mindset that you will be getting the job, and it will take a lot of the pressure off!
October 27th, 2015 4:55am
In my experience, the best way to acquire confidence is to fake it at first, and it will come naturally.
November 2nd, 2015 12:38am
Self value! It may seem arrogant at first, especially if you are not used to talking yourself up. But, talk about yourself the way you talk about the person you love most in the world. Fake it until you make it. If you project an air of confidence and self-love, the person interviewing will see that and your positive energy will leave them with a good impression of you.
December 7th, 2015 9:36pm
control on your breathing, and say to yourself "I am definitely the best person for this job. They will not find someone who fits this job better than I do." Get a little bit cocky, show your skills and explain yourself
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July 11th, 2016 7:51am
Always picture your interviewer as your friend and speak to him how you would as a friend at work. You have to feel comfortable to have a comfortable interview.
July 26th, 2016 8:58am
Interviews can be very scary. Often more scary the more importance we put in them. One way to reduce nervousness is to prepare really well before the interview, play through it with a trusted friend beforehand, think through all the scenarios that may occur and prepare answers to all questions that may be asked, answers you feel to be what represents you the best. Also it helps to find as much self-esteem and confidence as possible in the situation, dress up to the occation and find a stance and tone that makes you feel truly good about yourself. Also admit to the nerves before the interview and let yourself be nervous before the interview, so that you don't get cought off guard in the situation, when the nerves can overwelm you if you have pushed those feelings away before. Ask: What am I most nervous about - and why? What can I do to prevent the things I am most nervous about from happening? Work through the nerves by letting them be felt before your big moment. Remember that all people will feel some degree of nervousness in your situation, and that even the interviewers will feel some degree of nervousness too. Be true to yourself and make a promise to yourself that you will do your very best, and that it is really all you can do, because you truely can't control the outcome of the interview in any other way. Be there in good time, well prepared and dressed fittingly. Anything that might increase your nerves should be planned away, like discovering that your clothes have stains, or you can't find the right adress or they ask you something that takes you by surprise. In some settings it can help to speak of your nerves - "I am really nervous now, but that is because this interview is very important to me." If not appropriate to say during the interview, it can help to say it to just yourself, at least. What remains to be said is - Good luck!
October 11th, 2016 12:57pm
Close your eyes for a moment. take a breath in and breath out. Spell a magic words in your hearth that you are awesome
January 23rd, 2017 12:54pm
6 second breathing is a great solution. Its normal to have minor anxiety. If you are in a situation like that. Just breath in 6 seconds and breath out in 6 seconds for 6 times. That will calm you immediately! Good Luck!
April 10th, 2017 1:28pm
The trick that I do is keep a pen in my hands and hold it while the interviewer ask my questions, it does help me to curb my nervousness.
June 6th, 2017 11:09pm
Practice deep breathing and positive affirmations. Get all of your things ready before hand including knowing the location of the job, having your resume and practicing questions. You got this!
July 24th, 2017 1:51am
One of the most important things to remember is that you are the expert in who you are and what you know. If you take a deep breath between questions and remind yourself that you are the only person in the room who knows exactly who you are, it can keep you positive and moving forward during the entire interview!
July 2nd, 2018 6:12am
What I found really helpful was if I needed a second to calm my nerves or take a breather, I would take a sip of water. Basically I would bring a cup/bottle of water with me into the interview, and if I felt like I was bombing or getting too nervous, I would take a sip of water.
August 13th, 2018 10:50pm
Take a deep breath, and try not to think of it as an "interview", but a conversation. See yourself as being on the same level as the person or people interviewing you. At the end of the day, you're just having a conversation. Nothing to sweat. :)