Getting an interview call is always exciting. However, the moment this excitement wears off, the pre-interview jitters set in. With companies coming for placements, interview dates are just around the corner. And, the mere thought of personal interview makes me nervous. But, I have my own set of tricks that helps me calm my interview nerves. So, here are some ways for you to beat the interview chills:
Be Confident. Appear confident and positive. Have faith in yourself. You must have got some talent that you were selected for the interview round. Don’t ruin this opportunity by allowing negative thoughts or by doubting your abilities.
The more prepared you are the more confident you get, here are some preparations that you can do before you go for the interview:
1. Read about the company that you are applying for. Go through their website, search for the accomplishments of the company, history, awards, spokespersons, projects, etc. You can easily impress the interviewer by knowing about the company more than expected. It shows how serious and prepared you are for the job.
2. Rehearse the most expected questions. There should be a flow and structure to your answers.
3. Do a SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) analysis of yourself. You should know you strengths for you to flaunt during the interview. Knowing your weaknesses will help you to work on them and see it as an opportunity.
Talk to yourself. This might sound crazy but trust me it has worked for me and for most of my friends. Tell yourself that you are amazing and perfectly ready for the interview. Only you can calm yourself. “Aal Izz Well…”
Rehearse your introductory lines. ‘Tell us about yourself’ or ‘Define yourself’ are the most irritating yet widely asked questions. Nobody likes answering such questions but everyone likes asking them. These are usually the first questions in an interview. So, it is important to think through such rhetorical figures and rehearse. Because if you get your first question right, half your battle’s already won.
Have a conversation with other interviewees. It is important to have a sense of the environment that builds up outside interview halls, talking to others around only helps in easing out the tension. It might prove vital for your own self to get into that “conversation-mode”. So go make a small talk…
Eat well. The first thing I do when I am nervous, I skip my meal. And, this has never proved to be helpful. You don’t want your stomach to make awkward noises in the middle of an interview. So, Eat Good and Eat Well and be all prepared to face the interviewers.
Reach to the venue early and get comfortable with the surroundings and people.
Breath. Before you enter the room take a deep breath and tell yourself “It’s okay if I don’t get selected, it’s not the end of the world”.
So keeping in mind these small tenets of personal experience, I wish you all the best for the forthcoming interviews.