While appearing for a placement interview, stress is expected. However, a little stress is good because it keeps you alert and on your toes. It becomes a problem when the stress interferes with your thinking, speech, and makes you so nervous that you can’t stop fidgeting. Your interview is important for your career, but it is not the end of the world. So take a deep breath. Now, read our stress management tips below.
When you are relaxed, you are much more comfortable in the current situation. If you are waiting for your turn, read a magazine or listen to some music that will relax you. Thinking constantly about the interview might cause your brain to go into overdrive. And that is not how you want to enterthe interview room.
Drink water. Take small sips of water slowly. This will help you relax. If you are sweating too much, the water will keep you hydrated. But you still have the interview; so don’t gulp down the water because you might need to visit the bathroom. It is always a goods practice to keep a water bottle with you, no matter where you go.
Practice your responses
Before a big presentation, we usually spend time practicing the whole presentation. Similarly, before a big interview, you should practice your answers. There are quite a few questions that you can anticipate that might be asked during the interview. Your skills, your knowledge, relevant experience in your field, your strengths, weaknesses, etc. are some of the commonly asked questions. So make sure you practice in order to communicate your answers effectively.
So you’re in the middle of the interview, and you realize you might have forgotten to mention a crucial point. Firstly, do not panic. Instead, say that you would like to add some relevant information to your answer that you missed mentioning in your initial response. Your interviewers will definitely not mind at all.
Pause and breathe
When faced with a particularly difficult question, or a unique question, you don’t have to answer right away. Say that you would like a few seconds to think about it, pause, collect your thoughts, and then answer your question. Most interviewers appreciate the fact that you take the time to think about your response before saying it out loud.
Most interviewees think that the job interview is a one-sided process where they will be grilled. However, that is not true. You are interviewing the company too. A job interview is a two-way street. Both you and the company must be the right fit for each other to work together. Do not be afraid to ask questions about the company’s mission, vision, culture or their ongoing projects.
Above all, make sure you communicate your thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively. Good communication skills help make your first impression a great impression. So go ahead and give it your best shot.