We are at the point in the term when we are all searching for new opportunities with amazing companies. Interviewing is nerve-wracking for most people. If you are feeling a bit anxious about your next interview, I have some tips for you that have helped me over the past year.
I’m sure I’m about to embarrass myself just a bit by telling you what I do before interviews. If it helps anyone else out though, it will be worth it.
Look awesome; feel awesome.
I’m sure you’ve all heard by now what you should and shouldn’t wear to an interview. I’m here to remind you to make sure you feel good in what you’re wearing. Sure, maybe you don’t wear dress clothes on a daily basis (yet). Try to be as comfortable as you can in your interview outfit and accessorize with things that make you feel confident and show your personality (that goes for you too, gents). I suggest doing this even if it’s a phone interview; it puts you in the right state of mind.
Jam out to music in your car.
I’m not kidding when I say jam out. I’m talking about singing as loud as you can and dancing to your favorite song. Pick one you can’t help but smile when you hear it. It makes you feel awesome and releases that stress and tension you might be holding from being nervous.
Rachel mentioned this in her last post, but it is definitely worth repeating. I saw Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk about a year ago, and it has changed how I approach stressful situations ever since then. Take just a few minutes before your interview (in your car or in the bathroom) to do some power poses to make you feel like your most confident self.
Do your research, but know yourself.
I can’t stress this enough. The importance of doing some digging on the company before you get to the interview is crucial. However, something I learned recently is to trust in what you know and what you’re passionate about. If you are passionate about the work the company does, your enthusiasm will come across naturally. And even though you are just coming out of college, you know way more than you even realize. Employers want to see your drive and your passion, so show them that instead of just regurgitating their case studies.
Seriously, take a deep breath. Take a few. Grab some herbal tea, do your jamming and power posing and know you are capable of anything you put your mind to. You got it!
Best of luck to everyone interviewing in the next few weeks!