Searching for a job can be extremely intimidating. Doesn’t matter how intelligent you are and how good you are of carrying on a good and professional conversation, yet fear of interview can keep you from going after the kinds of jobs that you would like to have. However, applying to many job positions and simply going to many interviews will teach not to be that afraid anymore.
Preparation is possibly the easiest way to conquer your fear of interviews. Certainly in some cases some nervousness is a good thing, and can even make you perform at a higher standard, however, a fear of interviews becomes a problem when you find yourself completely overwhelmed and debilitated by your fears. By preparing thoroughly for your interview, you will feel more in control of the situation, and ready for whatever your interviewer will throw at you!
Before you leave the house, do a simple breathing exercise. With one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move. Do this breathing 3 to 10 times. Take your time with each breath.
Put all your efforts to show the interviewer what qualities make you stand out from other applicants. Play to your strengths, and always be positive. Use this moment to emphasize your best qualities and impress your potential employer, without coming across as pushy and self-important. Because at the end of the day, the point of the interviews is getting your interviewer to like you, and want to hire you.
Your body must broadcast confidence. Straighten your shoulders, raise your chin and put a smile on your face. Remember how great self-confidence feels and stick to the role. Before entering the room, say to yourself: “Yes! I’m handsome/pretty and smart. I’m going to enjoy the conversation, not the result.”
And the last, but not the least, Do not let the desperation to get to you. At the end of the day, an interview is just one interview of many. If one goes not as great as you would like to, that is completely okay, no one will die. Your future will not immediately become a bleak and terrible place if you do not perform perfectly in this one. There will be others, and until then polish up on your interview skills!