As graduation looms closer and closer for many seniors across the country, the fears of life after college begin to settle in. Many soon-to-be grads will find themselves touching up their social media platforms, resumes and portfolios in hopes of landing the perfect job. In addition, they will research their areas of interest, the companies that fall under that umbrella, and who to contact for informational interviews to further their prospects.
So what happens when you finally land an interview with the company of your dreams? You likely first react with pure excitement because all your hard work paid off and now you get to make an in-person impression. What could be better? Well, as the excitement starts to wear off, the nerves may settle in, and it’s important to not let them get the best of you, especially on the big day.
Forbes recently published an article that listed 14 tips for job interview success. The article also lists some of the reasons for nerves and how they can negatively impact your performance. Some of these include feeling unprepared, rushed, pressured to impress, and uncertain which can contribute to the inability to think clearly.
Here are four tips for staying calm to better your performance and stand out from the rest.
- Think of the interview as a conversation: Use the interview as an opportunity to get to know your potential employer. Not only will this help you relax but also help you exude confidence. Another thing to remember is that your interviewer may be nervous as well. Entering the room in a calm manner with a smile can help them relax and set the tone for the rest of the conversation.
- Eliminate the unknown: Any necessary information you don’t know before the interview can add extra stress. These could include things like what to wear, how long it will take to travel, where to park and what the hiring manager’s background is.
- Focus on your strengths: No one knows what you’re good at more than you do. Focus on showcasing your strengths throughout the entire interview. Nothing will hurt you more than self-doubt. Instead of thinking about what the interviewer wants to hear, think about what you want them to know about you.
- Think positively: If you believe you will do a good job, chances are you will. Practice gestures that exude confidence like smiling and sitting up straight.
Graduation can be a stressful time and preparing for potential interviews can help reduce that stress. Interviews are something to celebrate, not stress about. Coming to an interview prepared is easy to accomplish, and with these tips you’re sure to ace it! What are some other interview tips you have found helpful?
Meagan is currently a senior graduating in March. She hopes to move to LA and get involved in hospitality, lifestyle or entertainment PR. In her free time you can find her glued to her computer updating her blog and Twitter!