Stop Psyching Yourself Out: 6 Tips for a Stress-Free Job Interview

September 22nd, 2017

Even if you’ve been on many throughout your career, job interviews tend to trigger anxiety in most people. While a small dose of anxiety can be a good thing when it comes to keeping you focused, becoming overly stressed can hinder your interview performance. The key to success during any job interview is to control your anxiety so the level of stress you experience is manageable. Before you walk into your next interview, check out these six helpful tips so you can nail the interview and boost your chances of receiving a job offer!

  1. Thorough research and preparation. Think about your most relevant skills and experiences; be able to share examples of how you have used these skills and experiences to achieve positive results. Also, take the time to research the company where you are interviewing so you can share how the employer matches your interests!
  2. Early scheduling. If possible, try to schedule your interview in the morning. Getting your interview over with early in the day means not worrying about it as the day goes on.
  3. As the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect” and job interviews are no exception to this rule! Seek the help of advisers, mentors or friends to help conduct mock interviews with you. The more familiar interviewing feels to you, the less stress you’ll feel during the process.
  4. Remember your basic needs. Make sure to get a full night’s sleep leading up to your interview and don’t forget to eat! You never know how long your interview may last so be sure to eat something light but nourishing before heading on your way.
  5. Arrive early. Help put your nerves to rest by giving yourself enough time to account for traffic, getting lost or any other conditions that may otherwise make you late for your interview. The best course of action is to give yourself enough time to arrive 30 minutes early but don’t enter the building until 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
  6. Ask! Perhaps the biggest contributor to interview stress is wondering when you will hear back about a decision. The easiest way to eliminate this stressor is to ask! This is a fair question and even if the interviewer does not have a concrete date, they should be able to give you an expected timeframe.

Interviews can be daunting, but with the right preparation, you can put your mind at ease as well as your best face forward! The best way to find your next job in Midland, Texas, is to partner with an experienced and connected staffing company. Contact 1st Staffing Group today to land your next great opportunity in Oklahoma City, Midland, and beyond!

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