No matter how calm you may feel in the days leading up to your interview, when the big day arrives, you'll surely be a little nervous. Your stomach may feel like it's in knots, you may sweat, and worse yet, you may forget everything that you wanted to say. While nerves are natural and common, you cannot afford to let them deter you from this upcoming interview.
There's a few ways that you can deal with feelings of nervousness before you meet your potential future employer. First of all, prepare from the minute you know you have an interview until the day of. Plan out your responses and practice them with a friend or family member. If you can't find anyone to do a practice interview with, speak your responses out loud to yourself so that you get comfortable answering. While you can't predict every single question that a potential employer will ask you, you'll have the common interview questions covered, and that provides you a sense of relief and confidence.
Confidence will be a big key in overcoming your nervousness. If you feel like you've prepared well for the interview, you know that you can believe in yourself to shine during the interview. With a straight posture, a proud demeanor, and eye contact, you will display your confidence and impress your potential employer. Even if you make a mistake or two during the interview, a confident interviewee really makes an impact.
Of course, there may be a long pause or silence during your interview. Instead of lingering on this awkward, unwanted moment, remember a few more phrases that can help move the interview along. You can thank the interviewer again, which always makes you look good. You can also take this time to ask any questions that you've had in mind. Interviewers expect you to have questions at the end of an interview anyway to show that you've been paying attention, so use this time wisely.
By following these tips, you can overcome the majority of your interview nervousness and get past any quiet moments that may threaten to derail you, leading to a successful interview that may help you get your next job.