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How professionals can reduce job interview stress

Nov 20, 2017 18:19 IST
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How job seekers can reduce job interview stress
How job seekers can reduce job interview stress

Do you feel your heart is hammering in your chest whenever you stand before an interviewer?  If your answer is unfortunately “yes,” then you might lose control over you and make many mistakes in your job interview. Actually, it’s the earlier sign of stress that is usually caused by the job interviews. It can badly affect your confidence.  Once you lose your confidence, you can’t hold it back again. Performance depends on the confidence.  And if you’re not confident then you can’t perform well in one of the most important levels of pre-selection process.  Since the interviewers prefer to hire performers, you might face frequent rejections.  It can give birth to job interview fear in you which isn’t good for your career. You can’t overcome it once it tightens its grip around you. Though stress has bad effects on performance, but there is nothing to worry about. In this article, we are enlisting and explaining some tips and practices that can help you to reduce stress and to make job interviews stress free. Take a look! 

Respect the time

Mostly, job seekers wait till the last minute to take print out copies of their Resumes, to Iron their clothes they pick for the interview, and to make other associated preparations. They continue to reschedule time even for making necessary preparations. It usually causes stress when there is no sufficient time left for them. Avoid it and draw a complete action plan on what and when to do. Make necessary preparations; iron your clothes, take print out copies of your Resumes and other documents in advance, while following the action plan. And take plenty of travel time and arrive to the interview before 15 minutes. You will feel composed and collected if there is nothing additional to worry about. Moreover, it would create a positive environment around you.      

Make preparations

Generally, stress is caused by the lack of confidence which come through the due course of knowledge gaining process, practice, and skill development. Once you lose confidence you lose all. So, be prepared. Do thorough research about the organisation and gather relevant information about their products, values, vision, and competitors. Research about the persons who will be interviewing you as it builds confidence in the way. For that matter, you can view their LinkedIn profile and know a bit more about them.  Once you start to adopt this process before every job interviews, you will begin to feel comfortable and allow you to complete your job interview smoothly.

Rehearse

After making necessary preparations, what you need to do as a part of job interview strategy is rehearsing for the lined up job interview.  Generally, ‘what you say’ affects the other side later than that of ‘how you say it.’ Same applies to job interviews which are also considered as a strategic talk. So, be prepared with your witty answers. Enlist the important points which you want to convey to the interviewer and begin to practice on that. It will give a boost to your confidence and you will feel stress-free as well.  Once you let go of the stress, you will find that your performance in job interviews is growing.

Treat strategic talk as general conversation

Over-thinking about job interview is as unpleasant for the job seekers as the examinations are for the students. Fear is directly proportional to stress. In this way, the more you fear the more stress will increase. You can’t perform confidently in a job interview if you’re feeling nervous and stressed.  So, consider the strategic talk that takes place between the job aspirants and the interviewer as a general discussion.  After dealing with every interviewer in a normal and calm way, you will feel the comfort and confidence even in tough job interviews. And you will be able to perform well if you’re confident. And make sure to keep it in practice as you would begin to enjoy the job interviews thereafter.

Finally

Job interview stress is unfortunately common among the job seekers who fail to withstand at this front of performance. Though, this problem is something that can’t be overcome within the blink of eyes, but there are some tips and practices that can steadily reduce job interview stress and make the job interviews free from all kind of stress. Respecting time, making necessary preparations, rehearsing for the job interviews, and treating job interviews as general conversation are some of them. In this article, we have tried to explain how you can reduce job interview stress with these tips and ideas.  

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