December 5, 2023

It’s normal to feel nervous before a job interview. But when those nerves start to affect your interview performance, it’s time to learn how to get rid of interview nerves once and for all.

Here’s how to get rid of interview nerves and crush your next job interview:

Honesty, Interview Prep, and Connections

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1. Be honest about your interview nerves.

First, it’s okay to let the hiring manager know you’re nervous. It’s okay to be honest with them. But when you let the hiring manager know you’re nervous, be sure to put a smile on your face, as this will set the tone for the interview.

If your interview nervousness has the potential to ruin the interview, when you sit down with the hiring manager, smile at them, take a deep breath, and say, “I just wanted to let you know that I’m nervous about this interview, so I might not Will answer every question as fluidly as I would like, but that’s because I’m excited about the opportunity.”

2. Focus on interview preparation.

Remember your facial expressions and body language.people heard what are they look, especially in interviews. So the next tip I recommend for relieving interview nerves is to do a lot of job interview preparation.

Mock interviews are a great way to not only practice your responses to interview questions, but also your body language and facial expressions. Remember to sit up straight and lean forward slightly. Remember to smile. Remember to make proper eye contact.

I often tell clients who struggle with nervous interviews to wear a ring or watch or another piece of jewelry on a different finger or wrist so that every time they see it in the interview it triggers them to remember the above body language cues.

Interview prep is one of the best ways to take the nerves out of an interview, as it helps boost your confidence in your interview abilities and job qualifications. Body language and facial expressions are just as important as your interview answers, and interview prep can help you practice both.

3. Realize that interviewing is all about making connections.

Sometimes the easiest way to get rid of interview nerves is to change your mindset. Before your next job interview, tell yourself, “I’m excited. It’s about making connections today. It’s about me getting to know this employer.”

Interviewing is not an all or nothing situation. You are learning. You are growing. You are doing the best you can. You make connections and share your answers during job interviews. The person interviewing you may one day be your potential colleague. What would you do if you were just having coffee with them?

When you shift your interview mindset to focus on connection and excitement instead of the worst-case scenario, your interview tension will subside. A mindset shift will stop you from being unhinged during a job interview and going into the interview with a serious demeanor, serious body language, and a serious facial expression. It will also help you answer interview questions in a more positive and enthusiastic manner, which is the perfect combination for making connections.

Next time you’re nervous about an interview, remember these three things: honesty, interview preparation, and relationships. Before you know it, your interview nerves are practically gone!

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