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Is It Ok To Be Nervous In An Interview?

April 15th, 2008 · Leave A Comment

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Short answer to the Post-Title Question Of The Day:


But for a longer meditation on this subject, read this post from a Career Coach over at DivineCaroline.

So, here’s a big secret to making your interview easier:

Look at the interviewer and mentally say to yourself (in your mind—not aloud!), “Someday, I’m going to be working with this person. I’ll feel comfortable and natural. I’ll be at ease with them. So, if I can act like I’ve already been working with them for two or three months, this conversation will be a lot easier.”

One of the most important non-verbal communication techniques you can use it to turn up the corners of your mouth. More simply put—smile! The movement of the facial muscles involved in a smile can also trigger “feel good” hormones in your body! (Please don’t use this as an excuse to bear your teeth in a silly grin, OK?)

Additionally, you can be straight with the interviewer. You can say something like, “Whew, I’m feeling a little nervous right now. Honestly, it feels like there’s a lot on the line, because I really want this job.”

Then, just pause and catch your breath. Pauses are Okay. You won’t die. Well, OK, probably not in the interview. If the employer treats you badly for being honest … do you really want to work for someone like that? I’ve found that 99 times out of 100, employers are really understanding.

Of course, there is also this famous technique for girding your confidence (YouTube link possibly NSFW… turn down your volume)

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