No matter how hard you try, you can never skip job interviews. If you plan to get a new job, you’ll always need to clear the interviewing process. But this is a fearful experience for many job applicants. In fact, there are many who even start to get goose bumps as soon as they get a call for an interview. But why do many people have a fear for interviews?
Is there any way of saying ‘bye-bye’ to interview fear so that you are ready to win over interviewers and grab the new job?
There isn’t any magical formula to get rid of interview fear.
But there are some key guidelines which if followed will help you overcome the fear for interviews and achieve job search success quickly.
Understand the Process
Firstly, you need to know as much about the interviewing process as possible. Many times, fear is caused only because you know very little about the process and methodology of an interview. If you have received a call for a job interview, you should find out whether it’s a one-on-one interview, a panel interview or a behavioral interview.
The more you know about the interview methodology, the more comfortable you’ll feel about taking the same.
Learn Your Job Resume by Heart
Usually, interviewers start asking questions while holding your resume in their hands. As a matter of fact, your resume is the basis of almost all the key questions that the hiring manager or the interviewer may ask you. If you want to get rid of the interviewing fear, you should also try to learn every word that’s there on your resume. It boosts your confidence and makes you feel comfortable while sitting face to face with the interviewer.
Practice Answering Interview Questions
Once you know about the interviewing methodology, you should create a list of all the commonly asked interview questions. You can easily find common interview questions by conducting some online research. Once you have them, you should start practicing the answers.
Sit with one of your best friends. Imagine them as the hiring manager or the interviewer. Tell him or her to ask the questions. Then answer those questions in a way that impresses the hiring manager. The more prepared you are, the less fear you’ll have when you face the interviewer.
Think of Yourself as Interviewer Too
One of the most interesting truths about an interview is that it’s not a one-way conversation. In fact, interviewing is a kind of conversation where both the interviewee and the interviewer can ask questions to each other. Once your hiring manager allows you to ask any questions that you may have about the company, you are in the interviewer’s seat. When you start thinking about interviews as two-way conversation, fear will be gone.
Therefore, it’s important that you have a list of some intelligent questions to ask the interviewer as well.
It’s OK Even If You Fail
What’s the worst that can happen to you after the interview is over? Well, you won’t get the job. But is that the end of the world? Just because you failed at an interview, does it mean you can’t clear the next one? Never take interview failures seriously, because you always have the freedom of moving on and getting ready for another interview. There are so many people that fail at several interviews before they finally win one.
Never have a fear of failure. Each failure brings you one step closer to success. Learn from your bad experiences, improve your strategy ,and get ready to win over interviewer at the next interview.
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