Interviews can be tough. The goal is to to present your most authentic self, all while explaining the depth of your experience. Stress can alter how you behave and interact during an interview and may impact how you are perceived. Use these tips to help combat pre-interview nervousness and make a powerful first impression.
Do Your Research Before The Interview
Take some time to learn about the position and company you are applying for, and determine how that role and employer can help you achieve your future goals. Determine a few questions you’d like to ask during the interview that prove you’ve done your research, and to show you’re truly interested in working there.
Embody Your Best Qualities
How do you want your interviewer to remember you? Focus on how you can portray those two qualities. For example, if you consider yourself professional and knowledgeable you may place some extra focus on your appearance and research when preparing for your interview. If you consider yourself passionate and personable you may show up a little early for your interview and allow your personality to guide the conversation. Remember to stay true to yourself throughout the interview.
Be sure to discuss any relevant experience you have that could benefit the company. Write down a few talking points and previous roles before the interview so you feel comfortable and confident speaking. If you have held any leadership positions, don’t be afraid to mention them and how they have prepared you for your career. According to Forbes, mentioning your other involvements including sports teams or other groups can help you connect with the interviewer on a deeper level.
Bring Your Resume And Your Favorite Pen
If you have a padfolio, be sure to bring a few copies of your resume, a cover letter, and some extra pages to take notes. For professional and stylish writing instruments, check out Zebra’s STEEL line. If you prefer a smooth, gel pen that makes a statement, use a Sarasa Grand. Prepare these items the night before and put them on the counter or in your car so that you don’t forget them on your way out the door.
Find directions, plan for traffic, or even take the drive to the interview location ahead of time so that you can prevent being late. Being late can give the wrong impression, and make you seem careless and unprepared.
Take a minute and just focus on your breathing before you go into your interview. Try to remain calm, and think positive thoughts. Get a drink of water if you need one, and know that you prepared to the best of your ability.
Send an email that evening or the following morning thanking the interviewer for their time.. Make sure you give the interviewer the appropriate information they may need in order to call you back or inform you on the status of your interview. End the email by letting them know that you are eager to hear back from them.
Be Proud of Yourself
If you did your research and prepared to the best of your ability, know that no matter what happens you gave it your all. As long as you tried your best, you should feel confident and know that even the interviews that don’t turn into jobs, are great practice.