Everyone gets nervous when they go in for an interview. If you are not a little nervous, you probably are either lying to yourself or not really interested in the job. The key is to accept the fact that you are nervous and be prepared to present yourself honestly.
Take stock in the fact that something in your background and/or resume helped you stand out from the crowd. You have already made it past the first stage and now you are about to walk in the door!
In order to get prepared for the opportunity to interview for this job, you should take a minute and clear your mind. A few moments of meditation before you walk in the door will help you relax and breath easier. Take a moment to picture how the interview will happen – visualize success.
It can be helpful to arrive early enough so that you are not caught in traffic and running against the clock as you speed toward your interview – that kind of stress will not help you relax. As you wait in the parking lot (or around the corner), review your notes about the company.
- Refresh your memory and review the company’s Wikipedia page. How has the company been performing over the last few quarters and who are their main competitors?
- Re-read the job description. Where does your experience match up and where do you need to be prepared for questions about how your background matches the job qualifications?
- Review the questions you have prepared for the interviewer(s). Ask about the milestones expected of the next incumbent of this position after 90 days, one year, etc.
As you head toward the interview location, remember that anyone within a half mile of the place could possibly work there. Be sure to put your best foot forward – don’t tail gate as you rush to get there and don’t give anyone any dirty looks.
The last thing you would want is to find out that you were impolite to some women on the street only to find out she is the VP of Human Resources.
While you are in the interview, steel a moment and think about your breathing . . . slow down and relax, lower your shoulders and put a confident, yet friendly, smile on your face. It is not just your voice that is answering the interview questions, your non-verbal posture is speaking loudly as well.
Your resume and background got you this interview so chances are that you are qualified for the job. What they are interviewing you for is to see if you fit in with the culture. Make sure they see the real you – confident and friendly.
After the interview you should spend some quiet time reflecting on the various conversations you had. Think about any items that you might want to include in your follow up email about how you are a fit for the position and a fit with the company’s culture.
Hopefully you will hear good news and either get invited to the next round of interview or get the job offer. Sometimes things won’t work out and that is “OK”. Remember, not every job is right for you and you will most likely need to interview at multiple places before the right match is made (for you and for the company).
Stay positive and remember that when you don’t get a particular job offer, it is not a reflection on your self-worth, but rather, it is just the way life can be sometimes. You will find the right job for you, it may just take a little time.