The hiring manager calls your name, and suddenly you start to break out in a cold sweat. You can feel your shirt sticking to your back and the palms of your hands getting moist. The interviewer asks how your commute was, and your voice starts to tremble as you let out a weak reply. What can you do? How can you make your nerves settle down? We have seven handy tips for how to calm yourself and ace your job interview. Let’s take a quick look.
Take time to prepare for your interview by asking a friend or family member to go over some commonly asked job interview questions with you. Being prepared will help you feel more confident, and you’ll be less likely to be caught off guard by an interviewer’s questions.
Career coach Susan P. Joyce emphasizes that practice makes perfect. “Think about what your answers are or should be,” Joyce said. “Then, write your answers out. Read them out loud a few times. Then, say them out loud without reading them. Practice until you can comfortably say your answers out loud without reading them. It’s good to get feedback on your answers, which means saying your answers to someone else. This is great practice.”