How to overcome the anxiety of a first interview

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 4:30 PM

You have a big job interview coming up. This could be your only chance for getting your dream job! Feeling scared yet? It is completely natural to feel anxiety about a job interview. Someone is about to judge your mannerisms, appearance, what you say and how you say it. If they like you this could mean a job offer, nice salary and a cozy office. But what if they don’t like you?! Don’t let your anxiety affect your performance. Come to the interview prepared. Here are some steps you can do to overcome the anxiety of a first interview.

  1. Job application

    Your job application is the first impression you make. Be sure to use an appropriate photo to present yourself with. It should look professional. Do not use photos from a holiday you once went on. Pay attention to clothes you are wearing on the picture. Bathing suits and ski gear will most likely make the wrong impression. Your CV must be clean and well structured. If you have added irrelevant experience in your CV, be prepared to say what you learned from it and how you can apply it to your new job. Prepare a short motivational letter telling why you chose to apply for the position, why you are looking for a job in general. You can also add a line or two about why you decided to quit your current job or if you do not have a work experience – something about your education, like side projects for example. Try to keep it short!

  2. Come prepared

    Preparation is the best way to overcome interview nerves, along with knowing that a certain amount of anxiety in a stressful situation is healthy. Punctuality is key! Do not come late and also try not to come too early. Do your homework! Try to learn something about the company in advance. Open their website and read a little bit about their history, how they started and how they have developed their business throughout the years. This will definitely make a good impression. Do not be shy to ask questions. You can ask in advance what the interview will include as soon as they invite you in.

  3. Give the right answers

    Do not be afraid of trick questions. Be as honest as possible about your skill level, your attitude, your concerns and your expectations. Explain yourself as best as you can. The interview is supposed to allow the candidate and the company to get to know each other. Not for the candidate to be judged. You most likely will not know the answer to every question and sometimes that is intentional on the part of the job interviewer. Some interviewers ask stress questions just to see how you react. The best way to deal with trick questions is to redirect the question toward a similar topic you are familiar with. That way you have the opportunity to underline your strengths.