How to Ease Job Interview Jitters

By Morgan LeGrand -

Being nervous isn't bad. It just means something important is happening. —Michael Jordan

It's perfectly natural to feel nervous before an important event, but you never want your nerves to hinder your performance during an interview. Here are a few ways to alleviate most of those anxious feelings job seekers get before their interviews.

Be Prepared

The best way to ease any job interview jitters is to be prepared. While this may be the most obvious answer, it doesn't make it any less true. When you are fully prepared for an interview, your confidence and performance will exceed your own expectations. Nerves come from the unknowns and the what-ifs . Doing all the necessary research, planning, and practice prior to any interview eliminates most unknown variables that cause job seekers nervous stress. Luckily, we've made it easy to prepare for your interview! Download and print our Pre-Interview Checklist to start preparing now.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Mock Interviews are the best way to practice and enhance your interview skills. Here at Skilled we offer mock interviews and Skilled Certified Feedback. These mock interviews are conducted by industry experts with carefully crafted questions meant to assess your skills and aptitude.  After your mock interview, you'll receive feedback through a Skilled Certified report card with details on your performance and any areas that need improvement. If you would like to schedule more time with your mentor to discuss your interview, report card details, or any career advice, you can re-book your mentor for additional services. Learn more at https://www.skilledinc.com/job-seeker.

Be Confident 

If you've completed the necessary preparations and practice for your interview, trust yourself. Once you realize you're fully prepared and confident in yourself, your skills, and your knowledge, most of your nervous energy should dissipate. Take a few calming breaths, mentally pump yourself up, and remember that you are ready to ace this interview.

Good luck!