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5 Tips for Staying Calm During a Job Interview

Keeping calm during a job interview is often easier said than done. However, while your resume, experience, skills, and education are all important factors in landing the job, the interview is usually a company’s first real impression of you. Learn how to conquer the interview nerves and put your best self forward with these tips.

1. Prepare as much as possible

Once you know the interview is happening, the work begins. To prepare for the interview, start by researching the company by visiting its website, social channels, and reading articles or press releases the company has published. Part of the prep is also practicing answers to common interview questions such as identifying your strengths, weakness, and why you’re interested in the position. You will feel more confident prepping your answers ahead of time.

2. Write down questions

While researching the company, write down questions you would like to ask the interviewer about the specifics of the company, culture, or position. Physically writing these questions down can help you remember them better during the interview. Make sure to use a reliable pen that won’t smear or smudge like the G-750 Gel Retractable Pen. It has rapid dry gel ink and a unique hexagonal barrel design. Or if you’re a fan of ballpoint pens, Choose Different with the STEEL F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen. It has a weighted barrel, comfort grip, and comes in both blue and black ink.

3. Skip excessive caffeine

Caffeine can sometimes amplify nerves, so it’s best not to overdo it on the day of your interview. Stick to one cup of coffee or tea in the morning and then switch to water to prevent the jitters and instead stay hydrated the rest of the day. This will keep your mind sharp without increasing feeling of anxiety or nerves.

4. Arrive early to the interview

Whether you are interviewing virtually or in-person, aim to sign on or arrive at least 15 minutes early so you have time to collect your thoughts and review any last-minute preparations. If you are interviewing virtually, this will also give you time to triple-check your internet connection and audio/video quality. If you are interviewing in-person, it allows you flexibility to find the right building or office in adequate time. Being punctual also shows that you respect your interviewer’s time, and you are serious about the position.

If you’re interviewing virtually, make sure to check out these additional tips to ace your virtual interview. Whether the position is remote or in a different part of the country, or the employer is unable to have an interview at the job location, it’s important to be just as prepared for a virtual interview as an in-person one.

5. Slow down and speak mindfully

During the interview, remember to take deep breaths and slow down. Take your time to formulate your thoughts—this will not only allow you to articulate a well thought out answer, but it will also demonstrate that you can work well under pressure. Thinking of the interview as an open conversation can help alleviate some of the stress involved, too. Afterall, you need to determine whether this job is a fit for you just as much as showing that you’re a fit for it.

Interviews can be stressful and nerve-wracking, but they don’t have to be. Next time you have an important interview, use these tips to remain calm and knock it out of the park. For more career guidance, check out 5 Simple Job-Hunting Tips.

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5 Ways to Help Prevent Burnout

If constant stress has you feeling helpless, completely exhausted, and in a slump, you may be on the road to burnout. But you don’t have to be ready to throw in the towel in order to make improvements. Learn what you can do to regain your balance and feel positive and hopeful again with these five tips on preventing burnout.

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5 Steps to Managing Your Time More Effectively

Do you ever feel like 24 hours is no where near enough time to complete all the things you have on your plate? You aren’t the only one. It seems like everyone feels that way at some point—which is why managing your time can be a huge relief and help give you back some much-needed hours to your day. Here are five simple steps that can you help you start planning and executing your days more efficiently.

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6 Ways to De-stress After Work

It’s natural for work to leave you a little stressed at times. But if you’re leaving your day job and still feeling overwhelmed once you get home, you might want to consider stepping back and prioritizing a little R&R. There are tons of activities that have been proven to reduce stress and help relax your mind. Here is a list of our favorite ways to de-stress after a long day at work.

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5 Simple Strategies for Taking Better Notes at Work

Effective notetaking is often the unsung hero of the workplace. It can help you capture ideas, learn new concepts, organize your thoughts, share information, and much more—but in order for your notes to be effective, you first have to learn the right notetaking strategies. We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re in a one-on-one with your boss or in a large company meeting, these simple strategies will help you take better notes at work—and get more out of them.

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7 Must-Have Items to Keep in Your Work Bag

From traffic congestion on your commute, meetings that run over schedule, last minute (and stressful) deadlines—sometimes it just feels like the workday is conquering you. Those days can get worse by your cellphone dying or coffee spilling on your shirt. Despite how small these things are, they can cause a busy day to become a stressful day. We’ve all been there, which is why we came up with a list of work bag essentials that will help keep your workdays moving smoothly.

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7 Ways to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

When it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you want, what do you do? How do you handle work and personal life? Work-life balance is something everyone struggles with at one point or another, but it is achievable. Just like anything else, it takes skill and practice. Check out our 7 tips to help achieve a better balance, and to start feeling happier both in and outside of work.

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