Let’s be honest, interviews can be incredibly intimidating. Most of us spend the night before an interview stressing out and the duration of an interview wishing it were over already. The good news is there are steps you can take to calm those nerves so you can comfortably talk to an employer about what a rock star you are.
Mentally preparing for an interview is a lot like preparing for a big exam. If you try to wing it, chances are you’re going to miss a few key concepts. Here are some steps you can take to make your interview experience as minimally stressful as possible.
- Do research about the company and the position. This is important for a couple of reasons. A) You should know what you’re getting yourself into and how it aligns with your goals. B) You want to be able to show the employer that you did your homework. Have an understanding of what the company does and how the role you’re applying for plays into that.
- Review your own resume to remind yourself of relevant skills you’ve gained and experiences you’ve had related to the job. Think about the different kinds of groups you worked with, challenges you overcame, and goals you reached. Remember, you would not have been called in for an interview if the recruiter wasn’t interested in your experience. Be prepared to let them know more about it.
- This may sound silly, but pick out your outfit the night before. The last thing you want is to be stressing out because your left shoe or because there’s a hole in your dress pants. Being prepared like this will make your morning far less hectic. Other things you can do to make sure everything goes smoothly before the interview is to fill up your gas tank and drive by the interview location the day before so you don’t get lost.
- Practice talking to friends about yourself. Look up commonly asked interview questions and try to answer them for your friends. You will get to try until you feel comfortable answering. Then when a similar question comes up in your interview, you’ll feel far more prepared.
- Sign up for a mock interview session with the CDIC. This will give you a realistic idea of what to expect when interviewing with a recruiter. During the session, a CDIC staff member will ask you classic interview questions and give you feedback on the quality of your responses and on your body language. This resource is free to you, so why not take advantage of it?
Overall, handling interview nerves is all about preparation. Know the company, know yourself, and know what to expect. Use the resources available to you to set yourself up for success!
When you’re in your interview, don’t forget to breathe. You got this opportunity for a reason. Believe that you can do it and understand how your past experiences and your Assumption education make you qualified. With this mindset and having taken advantage of these tips, you are going to rock your next interview!