Does the thought of a job interview make your palms sweat and send chills down your spine? Have numerous interviews caused you to lose your enthusiasm and edge? You know how to prepare: Research the company, polish your resume, rehearse and wear appropriate clothes. But your attitude and feelings can also make or break your interview. Here are a few tips that will help control your emotions, defeat your fears and make your next job interview a positive experience.
Know where you're going, how to get there, and the traffic patterns along the way. The last thing you need is spiking blood pressure caused by fighting traffic and searching for the interview location. Plan ahead so that your drive to the interview is as calm and event-free as possible.
Get a good night's sleep. Whether your interview is in the morning or the afternoon, you need to feel rested and refreshed.
Wear the outfit that makes you look your best. Ever notice how good you feel when you feel you look good? Choose clothes that are appropriate and also make you look and feel successful.
Have a full stomach. You can't concentrate if you're hungry.
Listen to your favorite music or comedy channel on the way to the interview. The music will put you in a good mood and the comedy might even give you a few laughs — both are great for your attitude and peace of mind.
Take a bathroom break before the interview. Get comfortable, check your appearance and take a few deep breaths.
Don't make this interview a win-or-lose situation. If you get the job great. If not, there may be a number of reasons why. Don't beat yourself up. Instead analyze what happened during the interview and how you can learn from it.
Reward yourself afterward. Plan a treat that will be your personal pat on the back for doing a good job in the interview.
Follow up with a written thank-you note. Even if you weren't chosen for the job, you'll stand out as professional and gracious, and maybe be remembered when the next job opening appears.
Marie Stempinski is president and founder of Strategic Communication in St. Petersburg. She specializes in public relations, media relations, content marketing, social media and business development. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.