Tough Job Interview? 5 Steps to Brace for a Grilling

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Chances are, you’ve done your due diligence in preparation for a job interview. You’re anticipating those tricky, impossible questions meticulously designed by HR specialists to knock you out of your comfort zone. You’ve dug into the company you’re applying to, and know everything there is to know about the specific role you hope to get. Your resume and cover letter couldn’t look better — they’re sparkling testaments to your professional accomplishments, and make you stand out from the crowd of other applicants.

But even with all of that in your favor, one strange question, gesture, or facial expression from your interviewer can cause you to lose your composure. Sensing weakness, the interviewer strikes — and suddenly, you’re getting grilled like you never have before.

The question is, can you handle the heat?

Job interviews are one of the more difficult and stressful parts of adult life. Everyone goes through them, yet they never seem to get any easier. With employers looking to make candidates uneasy and uncomfortable, if you can’t keep your composure, you’ll be sweating the whole way through. Need some advice on how to keep your cool? Check out some of our favorite Heat Hacks!

1. Be comfortable and professional

Interviews are tough, and often, the stakes are high. The pressure can be too much, and that means you might end up sweating through the entire thing — but you can prepare for that. Wear professional yet comfortable clothing that fits well. Check out these breathable, airy undergarments from Fruit of the Loom that feature unique breathable micro-mesh fabric which can help you stay cool and comfortable throughout the entire interview, so you have one less thing to worry about. Practice relaxation techniques, and be sure to breathe now and again

2. Know your adversary

The first step you can take toward a more comfortable and successful job interview is to know what you’re up against. That means doing your research, and investing some serious time and effort into getting to know your adversary before ever meeting them on the battlefield — or board room. As Sun Tzu once said, “know your enemy”; and in this case, you can use numerous online tools to see what a company might employ during an interview to trip you up.

In the heat of the interview, any small hiccup can throw you off. Your best chance is to have an idea of what to watch out for.

3. Have your story straight

Don’t lie on your resume or cover letter. Employers hate that — and they hate some lies more than others. And how are you going to explain yourself when you can’t keep your story straight under examination? An easy way to avoid any discrepancies is to create a narrative, or story, for yourself. Think of your career as a movie script, with numerous characters, experiences, and accomplishments along the way. Use it as a mental outline to keep yourself on track, and bring up any chances to humbly brag.

4. Remain aware of your physical appearance

Have you ever see someone who hasn’t taken care of themselves physically? Perhaps they haven’t eaten in a while, or didn’t sleep the night before? Don’t let that happen to you. Make sure you’ve eaten and are hydrated, and have received plenty of sleep the night before the interview. Also, be sure to mind your body language. You can speak multitudes without ever opening your mouth, and a first impression — even if it’s just a visual impression — can make or break your chances of landing the job.

5. Be ready to counter

In the heat of the interview, it can feel like control is out of your hands. It doesn’t have to be that way — remember that you’re interviewing them as well. If you sense the timing is right, turn the tables on the interviewer by having pointed, specific questions of your own. They may think they have the upper hand and have successfully gotten you out of your comfort zone, but you can do the same to an interviewer. Walk in with some questions in hand, and prepare them during your research of the company.

The job interview is, in some ways, similar to a modern gladiatorial arena. Of course, there are no spears or swords involved, but it’s very much a test of your stamina and prowess. The question is whether you can rise up to the challenge, and make it through without getting roasted.

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