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Interview jitters
January 15, 2014, 11:41 am

If you’re like most people, you get anxious before a job interview. But don’t let jitters stand in the way of doing your best in an interview; try these tested ways of overcoming nerves and anxiety prior to an interview.

You are qualified: The fact that the employer invited you to interview means that they have already determined that there›s a very good chance that you might be the best person for the job. If they didn›t think you had the basic qualifications, they would have called other candidates instead.

There is no ‘perfect’ candidate: When you’re nervous about an interview, it is easy to imagine that other candidates for the job are perfectly qualified and will give flawless interviews. In fact, perfection isn’t the standard you need to strive for. Just aim to give a good interview that conveys a sense of what you’d be like to work with day to day.

You have control over the interview: Job seekers often feel as if an interview is a one-way transaction, where they just wait for a company to pass judgment. It is important to remember that you have power in this situation too; part of the point of the interview is for you to do your own due diligence and decide if you even want this job, or this manager or this employer.

Pretend you are not going to get the job:  How often have you heard people say that their best interviews were the ones they weren›t that invested in? Use this to pull a mind trick on yourself: Pretend that someone else has already been selected to fill the job and they›re interviewing you because they have to talk to their top three candidates anyway. This works because it means that nothing is on the line, and their decision won’t be a reflection on you. And as a result, you might perform a lot better.

Interviews are a business transaction: When you go to an interview, think of yourself as a consultant with a service for sale (your work) and the employer as a potential business partner who might be interested in purchasing that service. Do not think of an interview as an interrogation; approach the meeting just like a consultant would – as a collaborative process where you are trying to figure out if working together makes sense

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