/ Asked by Mike
I get really nervous during interviews. Any suggestions on how I can calm myself down? Thanks!
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, October 27, 2014
Some ideas to prevent anxiety....first, know your resume and experience inside and out. Similar to speech anxiety, the nerves come when you are unfamiliar with the content. In an interview, the content is you. Second, practice. Find some commonly asked interview questions on the internet and have a friend of family member ask them. Get their feedback - and take it to heart. Third, be prepared with your own questions. Remember, an interview is an opportunity for both parties - candidate and employer - to determine if this is the right job. Last, take some deep breaths before going into your interview. Stand tall and be confident that you'll put your best foot forward.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 31, 2014
It is fully understandable to be nervous during interviews.  That being said, if your nervousness is clearly noticeable by the interviewer, this could work against you.  The most effective way to calm your nerves during interviews is to practice interviewing.  Informal informational interviews are one thing that you can do.  This is done with either someone that you know at a business or simply someone from a business in which you are particularly interested.  The purpose of these interviews is simply for you to gain more information about a career path or company, but they are a great help because it is laid back and you are asking most of the questions. They can get you used to the interview setting.

Also, what generally causes the trepidation of an interview is not knowing what the interviewer is going to ask you.  In most interviews now, you will be asked behavioral based interview questions.  These questions typically start with 'tell me about a time when you....'.  The point of these questions is that your past behavior is a good predictor of your future behavior.  In each question, the interviewer is looking for the situation, what you did, and what the outcome was.  I recommend researching these interview questions on line.  Many sites offer sample questions.  Practice answering these questions ahead of any interviews.  This can get you in the right mode for answering questions and hopefully, help you to relax. 
Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Friday, October 31, 2014
The best way to calm your nerves is to research the organization you are interviewing with. Nothing impresses a manager more than a candidate that has taken the time to know the organization, its offerings and its employees. Research the people who will be interviewing you and their roles within the organization. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be in responding to their questions.
Prepare everything ahead of time to avoid last minute distractions. Copies of resumes, clothes, directions should all be done prior to the interview day. These small distractions can frazzle anyone on the day of the interview.
Rehearse. Even if you're a seasoned candidate, it always helps to rehearse your answers prior to the interview. Stand in front of a mirror and try to answer the questions interviews are most likely to ask. You can practice your pitch, your posture and finally the quality of your answers as well. If not, rehearse with someone and ask them for feedback!
Smile - Nothing can disarm an interviewer more than a confident smile! It can put them at ease as well and boost your confidence too!
Normalize - try to present your best by sitting straight, and being confident. Try to think of the interview as a conversation, where two people are trying to get to know each other to see if there is compatibility. Remember, an interview is not a one way street. The interviewer should be able to impress you enough to want the job as well. So stand tall, smile and be confident!
Answered by Heather, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Monday, November 3, 2014
Read about the company in depth, figure out why you want to work for them.  Know the job description & think about your experiences that relate to it.  Practice interview questions that are online.  Remember that your interviewer is human too, so be yourself & take your time answering questions.  Take deep breaths & don't drink too much coffee!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, November 3, 2014
Practice, practice, practice! As uncomfortable as it can be to play “mock interview” with a friend, family member, or colleague, it’s really the best way to get over the jitters. Even better, find a professional mentor working in the field for which you are interviewing and perform the mock interviews with him or her. The mentor can quiz you on questions you are likely to get in the real interview and then give you feedback on things to tweak, all in a safe, encouraging environment.
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