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So during my preparation to move into my new place last week, I made a couple of informational interviews over the phone.I decided to send forward an interview to a company that I thought would be a good fit for me. After packing the last of my meager belongings I quietly moved into my new PAD and forgot about the calls and the resume that I sent out.

Well today on my way to my doctors appointment I get a call for an interview tomorrow at 11:15am. I got off the phone and said cool, well her we go. Then it hit me…. you guessed it…. the nerves started to hit me. It’s not like I’ve never been on an interview before. But, now I have to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together that I’ve been learning from the BEST program.

Uh oh… No pressure… right? Well uh no… I am feeling it… a little…

It’s perfectly natural to feel a bit nervous before you go for your interview, but you do not have to stay stressed and ruin your job interview. If you are feeling knots in your stomach, or if your heart and mind are racing and you find yourself being short of breath, that’s sure signs you are nervous. Well, getting rid of these symptoms is not difficult and the first place to start is with your head.

According to experts anxiety comes from the fear of not knowing what is about to happen, it’s the fear of the unknown. Even though you may be fully prepared for your job interview, yet you might find yourself slowly giving over to fear and anxiety. The good news is that this nervousness can be overcome and you can go for your job interview perfectly calm and relaxed. Here are a few tips you can use to calm those nerves before heading out to your job interview.

1. Relax and Be Positive

Positive self talk can really help especially when you are preparing to go for a job interview. Say things like, “I can do it”, “I’m prepared for this interview”, “I’m positive I will ace this interview”. Keep speaking positive and you will begin to feel more confident and less stressed and nervous about the interview. You also need to relax and breathe deeply, this will help calm your nerves and help you get rid of the anxiety. Take about 10 slow, deep breaths and you will find yourself being slowly relaxed. For deep breathing, you will need to take a slow deep breath with your nose till your lungs are full and you cannot take in more air, then breath out slowly through your mouth.

2. Take A Walk And Visualize Success

Begin to see yourself successful, if you don’t believe you will get the job, then you most likely won’t get it. Visualize yourself bagging the job and enjoying the interview. Remember you are not on trial here, it’s a job interview and you have applied for the job because you believed and you know that you are qualified for the job. Take a nice walk in the park or garden and relax. You don’t have to work out a sweat trying to walk, but just relax and enjoy the walk.

3. Be Prepared

Nothing is worse than going for an interview unprepared. Being prepared will help release the tension in your mind and help you relax. Be aware of your strengths and you will be in a better position to get yourself selected for the job. Know your strength and see where you can excel. Being prepared does not only mean for the actual interview but as for the journey to the place of the interview as well. Plan your route in advance and take into account any traffic problems that you could encounter. Get to the place early enough but not too early.

4. Eat Light And Cool Off

Don’t eat a heavy meal before your interview and definitely do not eat foods that leave a pungent smell in your mouth, a fresh salad is a good idea. Carry a bottle of water to help rejuvenate your body. It’s best to avoid coffee as it actually gives you the “jitters”.

5. Chill Out And Be Positive

If you are sweating when you arrive for the interview, quickly go to the wash room and freshen up. Run cold water on your wrists and dab it behind your ears, this will help cool you blood and relax.

Once you are at the interview, relax, be positive and take things as they come. Don’t rush your responses and remain calm even if it seems you are not doing well.

So don’t sweat it. After all, It’s only a job interview…

Thanks for stopping by….. Peace

Looking for a job can be a nerve-wrecking experience, and the actual interview even more so. If you get the job interview jitters, there are some tips and tricks on how stay calm.

Before The Interview

First to the two Ps — plan and prepare. Make sure you have printed out extra copies of your resume, select and try on your clothes, have directions to the company, and confirm your interview time. The less you have to worry about on the day of the interview the less stressed and nervous you will be. Check out the company online—get as much info as you can so you can ask pertinent questions as well as give substantive answers on how you can benefit the company. Practice some the questions you are most likely to be asked. Also prepare a list of questions you’d like to ask.

And skip the coffee. The caffeine will only give you too much of a jolt. “A cup of java will actually make you jittery because of the caffeine. Instead, chew a piece of gum to help make you more alert (just remember to spit it out before your interview),” suggests The Grindstone.

On the day of the interview give yourself plenty of travel time and arrive to the interview early. “When you arrive at the interview site, allow yourself plenty of time to sit in your car, gather your thoughts, breathe, and to center yourself,” Kim Heitzenrater, director of career and leadership development at The University of the South told Forbes Woman. “Remind yourself that this is a conversation to determine fit on both sides.”

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/272248/in-the-hot-seat-how-to-get-rid-of-the-job-interview-jitters/#sthash.pEvGNexH.dpuf

Looking for a job can be a nerve-wrecking experience, and the actual interview even more so. If you get the job interview jitters, there are some tips and tricks on how stay calm.

Before The Interview

First to the two Ps — plan and prepare. Make sure you have printed out extra copies of your resume, select and try on your clothes, have directions to the company, and confirm your interview time. The less you have to worry about on the day of the interview the less stressed and nervous you will be. Check out the company online—get as much info as you can so you can ask pertinent questions as well as give substantive answers on how you can benefit the company. Practice some the questions you are most likely to be asked. Also prepare a list of questions you’d like to ask.

And skip the coffee. The caffeine will only give you too much of a jolt. “A cup of java will actually make you jittery because of the caffeine. Instead, chew a piece of gum to help make you more alert (just remember to spit it out before your interview),” suggests The Grindstone.

On the day of the interview give yourself plenty of travel time and arrive to the interview early. “When you arrive at the interview site, allow yourself plenty of time to sit in your car, gather your thoughts, breathe, and to center yourself,” Kim Heitzenrater, director of career and leadership development at The University of the South told Forbes Woman. “Remind yourself that this is a conversation to determine fit on both sides.”

During the Interview

Although you are going after a job, there is a fine line between being enthusiastic and overly aggressive. Try to think of the interview as a conversation with a new friend. “Learn what you can about the person interviewing you—and make them into a human being rather than being a rejection machine. You’ll be able to relax more and be yourself when you remember that they need you; they want to learn about you to see if you’re right for the job,” Dr. Tamar Chansky, author of Freeing Yourself from Anxiety suggests to the magazine.

See yourself nailing the interview. “Visualize yourself blowing your interview out of the water and sitting at that desk as the new hire,” writes The Grindstone.

Have a positive and confident attitude. “If you experience shaky hands, then fold them and place them in your lap. If you have a trembling voice or butterflies in your stomach, take several deep, calming breaths. Try to maintain a natural smile,” Ashley Strausser, associate director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at Otterbein University, tells Forbes Woman. Your posture and body language is very important. Sit up, and try to keep your hand gestures to a minimum.

And most of all, don’t be so hard on yourself. You don’t have to be perfect.

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/272248/in-the-hot-seat-how-to-get-rid-of-the-job-interview-jitters/#sthash.pEvGNexH.dpuf

Looking for a job can be a nerve-wrecking experience, and the actual interview even more so. If you get the job interview jitters, there are some tips and tricks on how stay calm.

Before The Interview

First to the two Ps — plan and prepare. Make sure you have printed out extra copies of your resume, select and try on your clothes, have directions to the company, and confirm your interview time. The less you have to worry about on the day of the interview the less stressed and nervous you will be. Check out the company online—get as much info as you can so you can ask pertinent questions as well as give substantive answers on how you can benefit the company. Practice some the questions you are most likely to be asked. Also prepare a list of questions you’d like to ask.

And skip the coffee. The caffeine will only give you too much of a jolt. “A cup of java will actually make you jittery because of the caffeine. Instead, chew a piece of gum to help make you more alert (just remember to spit it out before your interview),” suggests The Grindstone.

On the day of the interview give yourself plenty of travel time and arrive to the interview early. “When you arrive at the interview site, allow yourself plenty of time to sit in your car, gather your thoughts, breathe, and to center yourself,” Kim Heitzenrater, director of career and leadership development at The University of the South told Forbes Woman. “Remind yourself that this is a conversation to determine fit on both sides.”

During the Interview

Although you are going after a job, there is a fine line between being enthusiastic and overly aggressive. Try to think of the interview as a conversation with a new friend. “Learn what you can about the person interviewing you—and make them into a human being rather than being a rejection machine. You’ll be able to relax more and be yourself when you remember that they need you; they want to learn about you to see if you’re right for the job,” Dr. Tamar Chansky, author of Freeing Yourself from Anxiety suggests to the magazine.

See yourself nailing the interview. “Visualize yourself blowing your interview out of the water and sitting at that desk as the new hire,” writes The Grindstone.

Have a positive and confident attitude. “If you experience shaky hands, then fold them and place them in your lap. If you have a trembling voice or butterflies in your stomach, take several deep, calming breaths. Try to maintain a natural smile,” Ashley Strausser, associate director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at Otterbein University, tells Forbes Woman. Your posture and body language is very important. Sit up, and try to keep your hand gestures to a minimum.

And most of all, don’t be so hard on yourself. You don’t have to be perfect.

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/272248/in-the-hot-seat-how-to-get-rid-of-the-job-interview-jitters/#sthash.pEvGNexH.dpuf

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