/ Asked by Andrea
I graduated from college in December with my Medical Receptionist certificate. I am struggling to find a job because I don't have the "experience". I'm not very good when it comes to interviewing because I always get super nervous. I need all the help I can get so I can use the skills that I learned while attending school to be successful in my future. HELP!
Answered by Jessica, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The best way to ease interview nerves is to practice!! Ask your family, friends, classmates (anyone you can think of) to conduct a mock interview with you. It may seem silly at first, but it will pay off in the end! Best of luck!
Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Thursday, May 2, 2013
Great question - I hope we can help. If I understand your question correctly, you need help to overcome: 1) you need more experience to be seriously considered for positions and 2) you struggle in interviews because of nerves.

Here are some ideas on how you can gain more experience:
- Consider a temporary position - it's possible they don't need as much experience for a short-term assignment and it will help build your resume
-Are there internships that you could pursue through the school where you obtained your Medical Receptionist Certificate?
- Build your network and leverage relationships to identify positions - it can really help get your foot in the door because they can provide a personal reference

For the nerves and to improve your interviewing skills - here are some suggestions:
- Practice! Interview more for a variety of jobs and practice your skills!
- Do some reading about typical interview questions and prepare answers ahead of time and practice them with a friend
- Consider temporary to permanent positions because if your interview skills are not the best, this might give you a chance to come in and SHOW people what you're capable of first.               
Answered by Kelly, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Friday, May 3, 2013
You are not alone. Many people are nervous during an interview, me included. It sounds basic, but practice really does make perfect. Having mock interviews with family or friends can make a difference. The more you interview, even fake interviews, the more confident you will feel. You probably have more “experience” than you are giving yourself credit for. Past positions have provided certain experiences that sometimes seem unimportant but really do add value. Reflect on what you experienced in school and other jobs and incorporate it into your interview.
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