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INTERVIEWS / NOV. 09, 2014
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5 Ways to Cope with Nerves During the Interview

Interviewers expect that you are going to be slightly nervous during an interview, but this is a good indicator to the employer that you are nervous because you want to impress and you are eager to land the job.  Slight nerves can be helpful in an interview, but what happens when you are in the interview room and you are so nervous that you can’t even remember the name of the employer?

This article lists some useful tips that can help you cope with nerves and how to react appropriately while you are under stress during the interview:

#1 Mouth Turning Dry

If you are offered coffee or tea, kindly decline and ask for a glass of water because caffeine doesn’t work well with nerves. Also, you don’t have to drink water if don’t really need it, but it can be helpful to steady shaky hands.  Make sure that you drink enough water before you attend the interview to minimise the chances of getting thirsty.

#2 Unable to Think of Anything to Say

If you can’t think of anything to say, don’t worry! This is a perfect opportunity to take a sip from the glass of water you previously asked for. Taking a sip or two while thinking what else you could say about yourself buys you a few moments to get your head straight.

#3 Difficult Questions

If the interviewer asks you a difficult question, take a deep breath. This helps you ease the tension you are feeling so that it doesn’t become any worse. If you need more time to come up with an answer, or if you haven’t fully understood the question, politely ask the interviewer to repeat the question. It will give you some extra time to come up with a suitable response.

#4 Playing with Your Briefcase/Papers

It is best to avoid bringing a pile of papers to the interview. Without realising it you will end up playing with your paper folder – this is a common trait when people are stressed out. If the interviewer wants to see your qualifications bring the papers with you within an envelope and leave it on the desk next to you until the interviewer asks for it.

#5 Looking Nervous

You shouldn’t be worried if you appear to be nervous to the interviewers. Most importantly, stay focused on what they are saying to you. If it comes in your mind during the interview don’t panic, just try to relax by reviewing your body language. Sit all the way back in your chair, put your hands on your lap where they are in control, smile to relax your muscles and shift to a more open and relaxed position.     

The best advice for coping with nerves is preparation. Think of what might go wrong during the interview and try to prepare yourself in advance so that you know how to react in stressful situations.

What has helped you cope with nerves during your interview? Leave your comments below.

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