Here are a few tips to cope up with it.
A job interview is like a final exam or a visit to the doctor. It can change the most confident person dreadful and anxious. But you needn’t panic. The first thing that can keep you going throughout the interview process is “POSITIVE THINKING”. Being a fresh graduate and having less exposure to the corporate world, the nervousness exists in every person. To reduce your stress levels, good preparation is necessary.
Having a positive mindset:
Chant,’ I will get the job’ rather than ‘I might not get the job. The foundation for graduate interview is preparation. It begins with doing a thorough research about the organization for which you will be applying. Prepare yourself to look smart and professional, but comfortable.
Know about the company’s requisites and the job description. Have at least some idea of the company’s products, mission, culture, achievements and locations.
Researching the person who is interviewing you is also a good trick to have up your sleeve. It’ll help you analyze the interviewer and accordingly prepare your answers. It might help you to know that some recruiters get nervous before interviews too.
Arrange a morning interview:
Opting for a morning meeting means that you won’t be able to dwell on it all day.
Use careers services
Take advantage of your careers service as it has all sorts of resources that will help you prepare for graduate interviews. Attend workshops on interviews. Ask your careers adviser whether they have any insider knowledge on how that particular employer recruits graduates and try to collect some feedback from other students about their own experiences.
•Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
•Relax and remember that this ‘meeting’ is as much important for you as it is for your interviewers.
•A smile and a firm handshake are simple techniques to show your self-confidence.
Seek a friend:
Insider knowledge is priceless. Ask yourself who do you know who works in the industry that you’re targeting. Quiz them about what they like about their role, what skills are needed and what sorts of questions are likely to crop up at interview. These tips are really useful. Doing a practice interview a few days before could also help.
Rationalize your fears:-
Put your graduate job interview in perspective. This isn’t the only job out there. They wouldn’t be interviewing you if they thought you lacked potential for the position. Sometimes thinking of it as a meeting rather than an interview can help you get over irrational fears.
Enter and leave confidently:-
A smile and a firm handshake can do wonders. Be keen in asking the interviewer about things that you missed knowing about the company. Asking the interviewers some strong questions before you finish can leave a positive lasting impression, such as ‘What do you like about working here?’
Finally, relax, have a nice sleep the night before, have a warm bath and good breakfast and leave with confidence. Don’t worry, relax and remember that this ‘meeting’ is as much important for you as it is for your interviewers. Take a deep breath and tell yourself: ‘If you had won, you deserve it and if you had lost , it’s all an experience’.