The majority of us who have been on the receiving end of the experience of being interviewed, particularly for the very first time, are familiar with what it is like to be in the hot seat: your hands begin to sweat, and your mouth becomes dry. It even seems as if you're squirming more than normal and talking far too quickly.
All of these are indications that you are anxious or apprehensive, and the person who is interviewing you will be able to see right through them.
Should I let the interviewer know that I'm experiencing tremendous levels of anxiety? Will this result in me losing my job? Is there anything I can do to reduce the amount of anxiety I feel before and during job interviews?
Permit me to go over some of the most often asked questions and my responses to them on how to calm your nerves before an interview.
Is feeling apprehensive throughout the interview process something that's natural and to be expected?
After working in human resources for more than 30 years and conducting interviews with hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants, I can say with absolute certainty that the vast majority of applicants always experience some level of anxiety or nervousness, particularly at the beginning of the interview. It's natural for humans to feel that way, and you shouldn't consider it a flaw or a deficiency in yourself. In point of fact, one should virtually always anticipate it.
If a candidate gives the impression of not being the least bit apprehensive, it would take a lot to convince me that they are not anxious in the least.
Don't worry too much if you find yourself feeling a little on edge right at the beginning of the game. Just accept it and do the best you can to keep your cool and your composure.
Before conducting an interview with a candidate, it is my responsibility to develop a relationship with that applicant and make an effort to put them at ease. I normally offer the applicant my best smile and urge them to just sit down for a few minutes while I go through his résumé. If it's evident that the candidate is truly feeling stressed out, I give them my best smile.
Advice: If you are granted some time like this, utilize it as a chance to regroup and be ready for the next step. Take a few deep breaths and make an effort to focus yourself. Keep in mind the purpose of your being there, and see yourself achieving the goal. Imagine that you're just having a discussion with this person, and make an effort not to concentrate too much on your own thoughts and feelings.
Instead, you should direct your attention on the person conducting the interview and make it a priority to develop a connection or a rapport with them in the most successful manner possible.
Is it OK to let the interviewer know that I'm feeling nervous?
If, after taking all of these precautions, you find that you are still anxious, should you let the interviewer know that you will likely be anxious? In my experience as a long-time head of HR, it is best to refrain from mentioning that you are scared or nervous when you are being interviewed. The more you put into words what you're experiencing, the more strongly you'll experience those emotions. It's normal to be anxious, but in this case, it would be best if you simply kept quiet.
A helpful hint is to use imagination and encouraging language. When you start to feel worried, it could help to tell yourself that you are glad or thrilled to be here and that you are looking forward to the interview. Saying these things might help you feel more relaxed.
When they are in front of an audience or on stage, trainers constantly put this piece of advice about maintaining concentration on the work at hand into practice:
It's possible that you, too, are anxious, but as long as you don't let it show on your face, nobody in the audience will ever realize it. If you keep your attention on the work at hand, rather than your personal emotions of uneasiness, you will eventually start warming up, and the initial nervousness will go away in a short amount of time. Imagine that the person conducting the interview is your "audience" here, and that you are doing a "performance" for them.
How do interviewers evaluate candidates who seem to be nervous?
It is not difficult to discern whether a candidate is experiencing nerves. In addition to the weak handshake and eyes that dart left and right, you get the impression that the person is anxious in general. The shoulders were slouched, the head was stooped down slightly, and the person spoke too quickly in a volume that was just somewhat louder than a whisper. You can't help but get the impression that the applicant is just waiting for the right moment to bolt out of the room.
The first impression, particularly the one produced by more junior HR recruiters, is that this individual does not have any self-confidence at all and is not qualified for the position. This is especially the case. They often have the mindset that this is not "their" issue and move on to the next potential applicant.
However, more experienced recruiters are aware that nervousness can be caused by a variety of factors and make an effort to calm candidates' nerves by developing a rapport with them, providing sufficient time for the candidate to relax and calm down, and making the interview less formal or intimidating for the candidate.
In any event, if you find that you are becoming anxious throughout the interview, you need to do all in your power to settle your nerves and conceal your anxiety. There are some interviewers who do not realize that a person with the necessary abilities and competences may nevertheless feel and behave scared at times, and this might be detrimental to your chances of being hired for the position.
It is recommended that you arrive at the interview location a few minutes early in order to orient yourself to the surroundings. Do your homework and become ready by reading up on the firm. Get yourself familiar with your resume so that you won't have to continually going back at it for particular specifics when the recruiter asks you questions about yourself. It helps to "break the ice" if you practice being nice and meeting people. Dress appropriately and take care of your appearance so that you may project an air of assurance. Always keep in mind that your education, talents, and abilities make you qualified for the position, and that your anxiousness has absolutely nothing to do with it.
"I get so apprehensive during interviews. Does this imply that I do not meet the requirements?
It is not evidence of incompetence if you experience anxiety throughout the interview process. People are often hired by companies based on their level of education, previous job experience, how they have behaved in the past, and their skills. However, nervousness may be seen as a lack of confidence, and this may put your chances of being employed in jeopardy.
Don't give up hope if you've got the experience and education necessary for the position, but you still feel really apprehensive whenever you go in for an interview. This in no way indicates that you do not meet the requirements. You need to demonstrate to the interviewer that you are capable of handling stress and that you are qualified for the job by practicing your ability to remain cool.
In the event that the first few interviews are unsuccessful as a result of interview anxiety, it is important to take a step back and do an analysis of what went good and what went wrong. Also, make an effort to switch up your strategy (getting there sooner, asking a question that breaks the ice, practicing more, etc.) in order to improve your performance for the subsequent attempt.
Advice: If you want to feel less anxious during the interview, make sure you prepare well in advance of the meeting by going through questions and scenarios.
This means you should make more copies of your resume, do research on the organization and the industry it operates in, and determine the most efficient path to get to the interview location.
If the interview is going to take place online, you will need to ensure that you have the URL to the online meeting room as well as the specific time and day of the interview.
When you are escorted into the interview room, choose your clothes and shoes so that you will feel secure in the presence of the interviewer. Keep in mind that you should look and wear the role. Last but not least, get in the habit of saying hello to coworkers and introducing yourself as you go since you never know where your career may take you.
Repeat this process as often as necessary until it becomes second nature to the point where you don't even have to think about what you're doing.
The less time you spend worrying about these things, the more energy and attention you'll have to devote to the actual interview.
When you go in for an interview, does it matter whether you're anxious or not?
Being extremely anxious might hurt your chances of receiving the job since it increases the likelihood that you will forget what information you included on your resume, and as a result, your responses may be inconsistent with the information that is listed there. If you tend to fidget a lot during an interview, for example by bouncing your leg or tapping on the table, the interviewer may see this as an indication that you cannot manage the stress of the work or that you are trying to hide something from them.
In any event, you still have a shot at getting the job if the person who is conducting the interview believes that the anxiousness you shown during the interview won't impact the way you perform on the job.
This, however, occurs only very seldom, and you should do all in your power to attempt to control your nervousness, whether it be by diverting yourself or just getting accustomed to the idea of having interviews.
There is no one method that is guaranteed to be the most effective for overcoming uneasiness. It is different for each and every individual. Before an interview, some individuals find it helpful to go for a little stroll, while others feel that getting a few hours of sleep the night before does wonders for their nerves. As was just said, there is no substitute for being well-prepared in any situation. Always be sure to practice and perfect everything.
If you are certain that you have adequately prepared, you will have less anxiety about the possibility that you have missed to include some essential information in your resume or that you have forgotten to include anything else.
Last but not least, keep in mind that this is not the only work opportunity available. Consider the possibility that you will not receive the job to be an opportunity for professional growth. Learn to embrace the reality that errors are possible and do occur, and make an effort to do better the next time by examining your strategy and making an effort to adjust or enhance things in some manner, shape, or form. Best of luck!