Job Interview Nerves? Here’s How to Overcome Them!

Job Interview Nerves? Here’s How to Overcome Them!


Do you get so nervous that it keeps you from
doing well in your job interviews? Hi, I’m Jeri Walker, Career & Job Search
Strategist and Founder of Your Best Designed Career and in this video I’m going to teach
you how to stay relaxed during your interview so you can kill it and get that job offer. And be sure to stay to the end of the video
when I share a resource that will help you with your next job interview. One of the most common comments I hear from
my clients is “I get so nervous, how do I calm my nerves during my interview”? When you feel like you have a lot riding on
a job interview, it’s natural to feel nervous and even scared of the interview process. The key to overcoming interview nerves is
not to try and ignore or push your nerves away, as that usually makes things worse,
but to take some steps to minimize your nerves. And how do you do this? Let me share 5 things you can do Number 1 is Be prepared The unknown usually makes us nervous and you
can mitigate this by being prepared and doing some research before the interview. Be sure you have spent some time on the company’s
website and you have a solid understanding of what they do, who their customers are,
and what the company culture and mission statement is. But even more importantly, study the job description
because you want to know exactly what it is that they need from the person who will fill
this position. Oftentimes nerves crop up because candidates
don’t feel qualified for the job. And they may not feel qualified because they’ve
not really put enough thought into how their skillset and experience is relevant and important
to this position. Now it’s going to be your mission during
the interview to bridge your skills to that of the position and what they need so put
a lot of thought into this beforehand. Make a list and decide which of your achievements
is the most relevant to this particular position. This will help you develop your talking points
as well as gain confidence in yourself as to what you have to offer the company. Okay, number 2 is Keep your perspective. This is just a job interview. You’re not going to go wrestle bears or
fight sharks. This isn’t a life and death situation. This is just a conversation between two people
who share the same goal and that is that they want to fill this position. They’re not bringing you in to rake you
over the coals. They’re actually rooting for you, they want
to hire you they want to get this position filled! Also, keep in mind that your interviewer may
be nervous as well. In the case of hiring managers. They don’t do job interviews for a living,
and some of them just aren’t very good at it. So be sure you aren’t taking on any of their
nervous energy. Just focus on your thoughts on having a conversation
with another human. Concentrate on learning some things about
the company and the position and most importantly learning some things about yourself as you
go through the interview process. Number 3 is Don’t get too attached to the
results If you get so attached to the results of the
interview and obsess over whether you will or you won’t get a job offer, it not only
increases your anxiety but it makes you look desperate and interviewers are going to pick
up on that. So prepare as much as you can for the interview
but remember at the end of the day this interview is not your only option. The worst thing that’s going to happen is
you don’t get a job offer. At the moment, it may feel devastating and
disappointing, but in the grand scheme of life, is it really? You always have other opportunities. Number 4 is really important and that is that
you understand your value. If they are bringing you in for a face to
face interview, chances are you’ve probably already had a successful phone interview and
they they want to get to know you more. They called you in for this interview because
they either heard you say something in the phone interview or saw something on your resume
that made them think you could be of value to them. Remember, they aren’t just calling you in
there because they want to be nice. They need your help. Now if you have done the research that I mentioned
in step 1, you know exactly why you are a good fit for this position. So be sure and talk about your achievements
and how you have helped your other employers achieve their goals. You will find that as you yourself acknowledge
all that you have achieved for your previous employers, you will be able to talk with more
confidence and your mindset starts to shift because you know you can help this employer. And finally, number 5. Expect to make mistakes. Many people get paralyzed with interview fear
and anxiety because they are afraid they’re going to say the wrong thing, or answer a
question incorrectly. There are countless ways you can answer an
interview question there are countless interview questions so don’t get into your own head
about how to answer a question “correctly”. If you are asked a question and you’re not
sure how to answer, buy yourself a few seconds to think. Smile, and say something like “Well, let
me think about that for a second.” There’s nothing wrong with pausing for a
moment to collect your thoughts remember this is a conversation. when you are having conversations in the world,
you don’t just blurt things out you stop and consider what you’re going to say so
remember that. Also remember this, no matter what the question
is, there is one thing that you are an expert on, and that is you! Focus on using that knowledge to help you
frame your answers and remember to bridge your experience and your skillset to that
of the position. I hope you found this information helpful,
be sure to implement all 5 of these steps in your next interview. And if you need help crafting your answers
to some of the most common interview questions, be sure to grab my free Interview Guide. The link for that is right below. If you like this video, please let me know
by liking it below, share it with a friend who may need to watch it and comment below
1 to 5 which step you found the most helpful. And for more career and job search advice,
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Tuesday. Thanks for watching, see you next time.

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