From clammy hands, stomachache, nail biting, fidgeting with your hands to even heart palpitations: these are all nervous symptoms. Some people have them better under control than others, but we have all experienced it. Are you going to a job interview for your dream job soon and are you already feeling nervous? With these 6 tips from staffing specialist Walters People, you will go into the interview feeling confident.

Tip 1: Accept your nerves 

Just because you are nervous before your interview doesn't mean you won't have a chance to get the job. You also don't need to feel embarrassed because you are nervous. Ask yourself first what exactly you are nervous about and whether it is justified. What is the worst thing that could happen to you? You will often find that your fear is bigger in your head than in reality. Therefore, accept your nerves but focus mainly on the fact that you have already made a good first impression with your CV and cover letter. The job interview is mainly designed for both of you to find out whether a collaboration would work out.

Tip 2: Prepare thoroughly 

The better you are prepared, the better you will be able to handle your nerves. Search online for information about the organization and your interviewer and read the job description thoroughly. Make sure you also take a look at the organization's social media channels. These usually give a clear picture of the corporate culture, the colleagues and what the organization stands for. Do you know someone in your network who works or has worked at the organization? Then have a chat with this person as well. Are you not sure where exactly the organization is located or how much travel time you should foresee? Plan your route and get your clothes ready the day before. That way you will have less stress on the day itself. Is it an online job interview? Then make sure your internet connection works well, your phone or PC is charged, and you are in a quiet room where you will not be disturbed.

Tip 3: Relax 

Leave on time so you arrive at your appointment a few minutes beforehand. This will give you some time to de-stress. Relax your shoulders and breathe calmly to reduce tension and lower your heart rate. 

During the job interview it is also best to pay attention to your posture. Try to sit up straight and avoid fidgeting with your hands. A trick for this can be to hold a pen, as long as you do not click it constantly, of course. Try to regularly look your interviewer in the eye when you talk and listen actively.

Tip 4: Ask questions yourself 

Your potential employer will ask you numerous questions, but afterwards you will also have the chance to ask some questions of your own. Be sure to take this opportunity, as it will further emphasize your motivation and interest. It is best to avoid asking questions about the salary or the number of days off in a first interview, but these questions are certainly allowed: Why is this position vacant? What is the company culture like? How big is the team I will be joining? What are the career opportunities? Write some questions on a cheat sheet in advance and don't hesitate to take it out during the interview.

Tip 5: Dare to sell yourself 

Even if you are nervous, remember what you have to offer and name it. There is no need to brag, but don’t be too modest either. Be proud of what you have accomplished in your career and mention it. Tell your interviewer about what you have learned from previous experiences and how you have achieved successes. Don't talk too fast and especially don't lie, but emphasize your strengths.

Tip 6: Don't be too hard on yourself 

Everyone is nervous and makes mistakes sometimes. Don't be too hard on yourself to finish a perfect job interview. You can even mention that you are nervous before the interview because you want the job so badly. You will notice that most recruiters understand.


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