Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Monday, November 23, 2015
You are not alone in getting stressed about speaking in front of people for presentations or interviews. Keep in mind you may also think you are worse than you actually are, as we are often our own worst critics. Interviews are an important place to make a great first impression so you do want to make sure you put your best foot forward. In order to do that, you need to continue practicing, and if possible, to do it with other people whose opinion you trust. You will notice that the more and more times you practice, you will eventually stammer less and less and be more comfortable with whatever questions are asked of you. Often times, there are similar questions that are asked on interviews so you can make sure you are very comfortable with those questions. Those are the questions like; what is your greatest strength? weakness? proudest accomplishment? Once you master these questions, you are equipped to answer many others, which are usually spin offs from these main ones. You can also take notes with you in an interview that you can have as a resource if you feel stumped on a question. It will provide you with a greater sense of confidence to know that if you get stressed you can look at your notes to jog your memory for specific situations that you have been through, and how they relate to questions that are being asked. You will get more comfortable through each interview until there will come a day when you don't even remember being stressed! Good luck!