/ Asked by Amanda
What are some tell-tale signs that the person you're interviewing is nervous? I want to avoid looking nervous in my next interview.
Answered by Jessica, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The best way to calm nerves for interviews is by practicing! Don’t be afraid to ask your family, friends, classmates, school career services, etc.,. to run through a “mock interview” with you. Prepare just as if it’s a real interview and afterwards, ask for honest feedback. This will give you great insight into your “nervous habits” and will give the opportunity to correct them prior to your interview. Best of luck!
Answered by Kristin, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Thursday, April 11, 2013
This is a great question! There are several key behaviors that I usually pick up on when someone I am interviewing is nervous.

The first thing to come to mind is speaking too quickly. I find that when candidates are nervous they have a tendency to speak at a very fast pace. In addition, I find that nervous candidates also don't take the time to pause and think about the question I have just asked them. I have seen many launch right into an answer without much thought or reflection and then go on and on with their answer trying to find their point.

Another issue that can be an absolute deal breaker is the inability to make good eye contact. I find that candidates that are nervous tend to gaze around the conference room or office quite bit. This can easily translate to the interviewer that they are not focused, distracted, don't want to be there, or even worse...that they are rude. Make sure to always make good eye contact.

Lastly, I would say that sometimes I have had nervous candidates try to make jokes or act lightheartedly, probably driven by their nervous energy,  only to inadvertently make an inappropriate comment. Of course, once this happens it makes them even more nervous and the interview usually goes downhill from there.

Overall, try to take a deep breath, remember that the interviewer is human too! Ultimately their goal is not to make you nervous but to get to know you and the professional experience you bring to the table and how that could translate to added value on their team.
Answered by Chris, Hiring Expert at The Schwan Food Company, on Friday, April 12, 2013
I can tell candidates are nervous based on their voice inflection, speed in which they speak and bodies movements. Practice. Practice. Practice. Before going into any interview, make sure you have answers planned out for some of the most common interview questions…
What do you know about our company?
What interests you in this role/company?
What are your most outstanding strengths and opportunities/weaknesses?
Practice answering these in a mirror or with a parent/friend. The more you prepare the, less nervous you will be.
Answered by Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on Monday, April 15, 2013
If you don't want to look nervous, then try to apply these techniques during the interview:

1.  Hold Eye Contact:  Look the interviewer/recruiter straight in the eye; in a relaxed way, and always have a casual relaxed smile on your face
2.  Come in with a notebook and some pre thought out questions and examples of good things you did at your prior jobs or student organizaitons (think of things an Employer would be interested in): it will make you feel more confident if you have some reference material in front of you.
3. Do your research on the company:  come prepared to share several facts you found out about the organization. It will make you look impressive if you know about the last big contract, or a new customer, or a new product they are launching.
4.  Sit up straight, but lean back in your chair with your arms on both sides of the arm rests.  Don't wring your hands.  Don't fidget with a pen, or anything else.  Sit relaxed but straight and professional.
5.  Dress with a jacket over your shirt (blouse). If you start to sweat, the recruiter will not notice it.
6.  Bring in a glass of water if they offer it, or drink some before to ensure your throat does not get hoarse.
Answered by Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Monday, April 29, 2013
Signs include:

1. Not accurately answering the question posed.  For example, providing a canned 30 second commercial response that doesn't have anything to do with the question.

2. Stuttering.  Slow down - it's not the speed of your answer but the accuracy that we're looking for.

3. Having no questions for me at the end of the interview - it shows that your goal is to escape rather than have a conversation.

4. Fidgeting - make yourself comfortable in the beginning, but try to maintain good posture and gestures.  Take deep breaths - it's your interview. 
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