Candidates: How to get rid of nerves before an interview

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Attending a job interview can be one of the most stressful challenges that many of us face. It's certainly one of the trickiest parts of the recruitment process, leaving even the most seasoned employees worried.

In this article we'll take a closer look at a few strategies for dealing with any butterflies that you might have, as well as a few ways to ensure you're completely prepared.

if you're given a choice of time slots for your interview, it's always a good idea to select one as early in the day as possible.

How to get rid of nerves before an interview

While there's no telling whether or not wearing a certain pair of pants will help you impress the interviewer, there are quite as few ways that you can give yourself the best chance of success.

For example, if you're given a choice of time slots for your interview, it's always a good idea to select one as early in the day as possible. This will stop you from spending all day pacing around your living room and worrying. Similarly, there's no point lying awake in bed the night before running through all the different ways your interview could go wrong. Instead, go for a walk or hit the gym and tire yourself out to ensure a full night's sleep. 

Finally, the power of positive thinking should never be underestimated. If you convince yourself that the interview is going to be a disaster, you'll only make yourself more worried. However, by taking a few deep breaths and focusing on the positives - such as how good the job could be for your career - it's far less likely you'll walk into the room with a pit in your stomach.

Preparation for nervous interview candidates

If you're still feeling a bit worried after all of these steps, then there's one tool left that you can use to calm your nerves and ensure you ace the face-to-face - preparation. There are all sorts of benefits to being well-prepared for a job interview, but plenty of candidates still don't spend as much time as they should on this vital part of the interview process. 

If you can ask informed questions during an interview that show you've done some research, you'll come across as more confident.

When preparing for a job interview, there are two key areas to focus on. The first is practice, and involves everything from what you'll wear to how you'll get to the business' office, and yes, how you'll answer the dreaded 'what are your strengths and weaknesses?' question. Getting these small details right doesn't take a lot of time, and can make an absolutely enormous impact when you're sitting in the hot seat.

The second component of preparation is research - how much do you really know about the company where you're interviewing? If you can ask informed questions during your interview that show you've done your research, not only will you come across as more confident, you'll also subtly change the atmosphere from one where you're being asked questions to something closer to a two-way conversation. This builds a rapport, and will help you stand out from the rest of the pack when it comes to deciding which candidate to hire. 

For more information on all things recruitment, get in touch with the team here at The Recruitment Company today.

By Geoff Millar