Asked by Nicholas on April 9, 2018
Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on April 9, 2018
Great question and congratulations on your upcoming interview!
Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking experience but the more prepared you are, the more calm and confident you’ll be. If you have a day or longer is the time to really prep. Things to consider while preparing would be to practice interviewing aloud, ask a friend or a family member and have them play the part of the interviewer, research the company through their website, social media platforms, and possible news stories, and lastly visualize a successful interview!
The night before the interview make sure your interview attire is all ready to go and get plenty of sleep. Now the day of the interview has arrived and nerves maybe kicking in a little more, but don’t you worry you got this. Make sure you eat a well balance breakfast (leaves less room for butterflies), run through your mock interview again, dress professionally, and leave a little early just in case for last minute bumps in the roads like traffic or parking come up. Once you arrive for your interview, take one last moment to really gather yourself and remain positive. Inside the interview make sure your posture is presentable, be mindful of your body language, watch your pace (don’t talk too fast), turn your phone off, and if you don’t know an answer try redirecting it. Yes, this may seem like a lot and it is, but just know that the hard part is all over you got that interview and now it’s time to let your skills and expertise shine in person! You got this and best of luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on April 9, 2018
You are not alone! Interviews are everything from exciting all the way to spine chilling for everyone, even the most experienced interviewee. The very best things you can do are research, be prepared and practice. Connect with people in your industry of interest to see if you can gather information on what you can expect during an interview for the position/company. Prepare to answer general and specific questions about yourself, your education, your experience and your expectations. Practice with a friend, family member or colleague. Don't want to share your efforts with a live person yet? Record yourself and review the results. You'll hear your tone, see your facial expressions and be able to work out your personal rhythm.
Confidence is the product of preparation! All of the above is going to lend itself well to building your confidence. Job interviews are not the only way to get comfortable speaking about yourself. Take on a speaking engagement for an organization you are affiliated with. Participate in public speaking workshops. Seek out opportunities to stretch your limits and you'll be surprised how your perspective changes.
Best of luck!