4 Tips for Staying Calm and Focused During an Interview

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By Megan Lacombe

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4-Tips-for-Staying-Calm-and-Focused-During-an-InterviewInterviewing for a new job can be nerve wracking, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There are easy, attainable strategies that will help you keep calm and ace your next interview.

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When it’s time for your interview, try out the following strategies. 

1. Come Prepared for the Interview

Being prepared is always good advice for any interview, no matter the position or the industry. But what people sometimes forget is to use their preparedness to build confidence. Being prepared isn’t just about making a good impression or following good interview protocol. It is also about being able to remind yourself that you are prepared and deserve the interview opportunity. 

The more you know about the company and position, the more confident you'll be as you fit your answers to questions you were probably already anticipating. 

2. Don't be Late

Showing up late is one of the worst mistakes you can make when interviewing for a new position. After all, the interviewer will assume that if you can’t show up on time to the interview, then you probably won’t show up to work on time, either.

But another reason to avoid being late is that you won’t feel flustered, worried, or stressed over what they're thinking about your lateness.

Leaving nice and early also allows you to gather your thoughts, familiarize yourself with the setting, and take care of unexpected needs like a trip to the washroom or a traffic delay. 

3. Practice Speaking Slowly

When most people are nervous, they speak quickly. Sometimes they talk so fast that it’s hard to understand what they are saying! Speed talking can make people perceive you as nervous or uncomfortable.

Try to remember to slow down, take deep breaths, and avoid rushing through your words. 

4. Remember That an Interview is a Conversation

It can be easy to get caught up in anxiety and nervousness when you think about getting the answer to every question right. Do you feel the same way when conversing with someone in a more typical social interaction?

If you can converse with someone outside of a job interview, you can converse as part of one! Remember that you're not just there to answer questions; you can also ask questions and engage in a back-and-forth conversation with the individual or individuals who are interviewing you.

If it helps you to think of this as a conversation about a job, rather than an audition or interview, then embrace that way of thinking. 

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Megan Lacombe

Megan is a Media Communications professional at Liberty Staffing. She has experience working as a Freelance Writer for a variety of companies online. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, photography, running, and kayaking. An avid reader, she reads anything, anywhere. She puts creativity and passion into everything that she does. Her favourite quote is “Create the things you wish existed” by Anonymous.

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