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How to Smooth Your Job Interview Nerves?

Updated on May 18, 2020
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Intro

We all face many interviews in our career whether it is for a job search or job change. There is always a little fear before the interview that cannot be expressed. But the same can be felt in our heart which is called nervousness.

Sometimes, an increase in heartbeat, murmuring, shivering, repeating words while speaking in the interview are the natural indications of being nervous.

There are some reasons behind getting nervous during a job interview. But it is very common to be nervous before, throughout and after the job interview. There are various reasons due to which you feel so nervous, some common reasons are listed below.

  • Confronting new people.
  • Getting judged on the basis of a resume, job application and a short conversation.
  • Being subconscious about dressing sense.
  • Being excited or desperate to get the job.
  • Having fears of being rejected by the interviewer.

Likewise, there are many more reasons why interviewee gets nervous. This is simply natural and it occurs to almost every new candidate. In this article, I will guide you on how to face and succeed in an interview. Also, I will share some of my personal experiences to portray real incidents.

While sitting and waiting for your turn in the waiting room it is obvious to be nervous and overthink. Therefore, here are some tips that will help you to be calm and relax before the interview.

1) Don't fiddle your phone

Using smartphones can cause distraction when one needs to be attentive. Always be active when your name will be called by the interviewer. You should be mentally prepared before entering into the hiring manager cabin. If you keep playing with your phone, then you may get startled by hearing your name and this will make you more nervous.

2) Keep Breathing and Do Not fidget

Breath slowly and deeply but don't breathe fast. Breathing fast will only increase your anxiety. Do not unnecessary keep moving your body, hands or feet since it is a sign of being nervous.

There are some suggestions to follow so as to face and succeed in the interview. This can be applied for telephonic, video, group, or one to one interview session.

1) Don't reflect that You're Nervous

Interviewer understands on their own that you are a little nervous but you should never admit it. To display them through the facial expressions. Situations can turn out unpleasant sometimes when candidates display that they are nervous.

2) Don't Hesitate to Confess your Mistakes

If you don't know the answer to any difficult question being asked in the Interview. Don't hesitate and freak out because this will make you more nervous. If you don't know the answer to their questions, then admit it and move on. Pretending that you know the answer will make you nervous abruptly. This way you can also lose your self-confidence.

3) Speak in an Audible Voice

Speak in a slow and calm voice so that panel can interpret the message clearly. This will ultimately result in relaxing your nerves. Speaking too slow or too fast will show how much you are under-confident and nervous. Maintain a rhythm in the voice pitch. Ensure that your voice is audible to the panel.

4) Avoid Rambling

Getting nervous in an Interview tends us to reiterate the sentences and also ramble’s sometimes. When any question is asked you should first think and then answer it. If you answer it right away without thinking, then chances of getting nervous are more. This may lead to a worse situation.

5) Maintain a Neutral Smile

Always act like you are fortunate to be interviewed. Answer the questions of the panel with a polite and gentle smile. Don't laugh and giggle during the interview. Maintain professional decorum in the office. Sometimes the interviewer being in a funny mood cracks some jokes. Still, candidates need to be polite, sincere and smile. Once the hiring authority is convinced that the candidate is a responsible and accountable person, they will surely hire them.

Verdict

I have faced many job interviews where I had experienced devastating nervousness. My first strategy while sitting in front of the interviewer is to directly look into his eyes and hear him attentively. Thereafter, I control my hand's movement which distracts the interviewer and creates a bad impression.

Last but not the least, be in a relaxed state. Show your actual side, and don't focus on creating a fake personality. The interviewers easily sense common lies that candidates make. Adhere to above-mentioned points, to avoid nervousness. Be calm, relaxed and real in your personality to grab the opportunity in the initial attempt.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Prateek Jain

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    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      11 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      I am glad that you like this article Vikram sir. Thank you for reading and commenting your views on the information given. Request you to stay tuned and keep reading and exploring more articles. I am sure you will find more relevant information in other articles. Please explore and share your thoughts on them as well.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      11 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      I am glad that you like this article Vikram sir. Thank you for reading and commenting your views on the information given. Request you to stay tuned and keep reading and exploring more articles. I am sure you will find more relevant information in other articles. Please explore and share your thoughts on them as well.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      11 months ago from Assam, India

      Hey Prateek, good article my friend. Very simple and to the point. And candidates should be prepared in advance related to the subject for which they are going to give an interview. keep writing my friend.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Hi Kyler sir.this is an amazing thing that you share with us. Like if you admit your fear and nervousness then it's obvious that interviewer will tell you that's it's completely normal. This is because he come accross many interviewee during the period and he can easily understand how candidates fell under pressure. But you were a step ahed in qualifying for your interviewes. Thank you for sharing you great thoughts with us sir.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Hi Bill sir, that's great that you have always succeed in your job interview. However there are many candidates out who face this kind of problems. Hence I written this for helping them to overcome their initial fear during a job interview and selection process. Thank you sir for your valuable comment.

    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      You say to never admit your nervousness, but more often than not, I fully admit to it before the interview even begins. This always sets the bar low when I say, "Really great to meet you, but I have to admit I'm a bit nervous to be here. I was surprised you even called!" at which point the interviewer always says it is okay and that is normal.

      Really I'm not nervous, and admitting to even a slight bit of nervousness eliminates it, but even greater is how it sets their expectations low and my further responses blow them out of the water.

      It has worked for me, especially getting jobs I was absolutely unqualified for. I don't know why it is charming, but c'est la vie.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oddly I have never been nervous in a job interview. Perhaps that's because I have complete confidence in my abilities. Perhaps it's because I simply don't care one way or another if I get the job. lol And I always get the job anyway, so why worry?

      Good tips!

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Thank you Prantika mam for your comment. I really appreciate your effort for reading and sharing your opinion on this. Like you said do not lose your cool while interview is a first step towards the success. I believe everyone should have knowledge on this topic to gain an advantage over others.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      I agree with you Peggy MAM. Thank you for your comment and sharing your opinion. As you said that skills need to be developed in order to qualify through these interview.

    • Prantika Samanta profile image

      Prantika Samanta 

      12 months ago from Kolkata, India

      Great tips on how to prepare yourself mentall before appearing for an interview.

      Keeping your cool is one of the keys to successfully crack an interview. Many potential candidates may find it difficult to successfully clear the interview round due to nervousness.

      This article will help candidates deal with such issues effectively.

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      These are all excellent tips to follow when applying for a job. Knowing ahead of time what the job entails is also essential. Your skills should match that of the situation.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Thank you for giving your time to read this article. I am glad that you like it. Whatever you said is completely correct. In today's ever changing environment it becomes very important to successfully use your opportunities. Because once an opportunity missed never comes back. And situations arises where you don't get the another chance. Therefore grab the opportunity in first chance only by qualifying your interview in single attempt.

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      Simran Malhotra 

      12 months ago

      For every candidate most challenging phase during selection process is cracking job interview. Everyone gets nervous being it a candidate with highest educational qualification or being it a person with minimum educational qualification.The smarter candidate is the one who can smooth his job interview nerves effectively by adhering to some beneficial tips as explained by you so perfectly. Wonderful tips, outstanding efforts, keep sharing such valuable articles.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Thank you Umesh sir. Your appreciation means a lot and i am glad that you liked the article.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      12 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Nice article Prateek. Keep up your good work.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Wonderful cijni mam, as these things comes from personal experiences. Now that you have faced many interviews in your career you can easily understand the state of mind of a person appearing for an interview. Therefore it is always advisable to just be real and be honest. If you don't know something then speak up to the interviey right away. But don't try to manipulate and mix-up the things which will turn your situation even worse.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Definitely bharat sir, i completely agree with your point that luck matters alot. Success is a mixture of hard work and luck both. Luck act as a twist in the easy going and we'll settled plan. Sometimes things happens in that directions which was not planned earlier.

      And Americans have prepared well to fight against this disease but unfortunately their luck hit them hard and they got to suffer more instead of alot of efforts and precautions.

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      Cijini Manoj 

      12 months ago from Kerala

      Wow....well explained ..superb article prateek..i have attended 4 interviews in my life..on that two of the interview i became very conscious and failed to attract employers impression..the other two i just simply performed as i am always being..and i grab the first..

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      Bharat Sharan 

      12 months ago from Dhanbad

      Prateek proper planning ,hard work , dedication and the resolution to achieve your goal plays a big part in clearing interviews. But luck also plays a massive part. You cannot escape.

      Take for instance the covid virus. Haven't the people of America done simply excellent preparation. But fate or as the President called it under-preparation......

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Thank you such mam you shared a wonderful and effective technique that worked for you. Even now will also try the same and experience it for myself. Also, it depends what works for me maybe did not affect you. Rightly said mam interviewers are humans too. Hence we should have a normal conversation which we do while talking to our elders or mentor. There is no need to create pressure while appearing in an interview.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts bharat sir. I know you have a lot of experience in taking the interviews. And what happens inside the room is not the justice sometimes. But however some people are benefited from this while others who are deserving candidates face failure due to lack of recommendation. Hence we need to improve this system so that deserving candidates should not regret coming to an interview.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Thank you Krishna sir for your great words. This motivates me to write more and assist our youth to overcome their nervousness and anxiety. Most of the freshers face immense pressure while appearing to an interview and they can't even speak properly in front of the interviewer. Hence I thought to write this article and help them out.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Dear Liz thank you for your feedback. I will surely do a deep research and will add more valuable information in my upcoming articles. I beleive this is the initial stage for every individual to face for entering into an organisation and this step should be done in a very confident and focused manner.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Thank you Nikhil for your opinion. Certainly job interviews are very much confusing and fresher feel so nervous in their initial Interviewes. Hence I written this article to communicate with them. Also, i welcome their thoughts while interviewing any candidate because they are boosted up with energy and innovative ideas.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      12 months ago from India

      You should not loose your cool before attending any interview.For me counting the numbers helps.And I always believe that the interviewers are also humans like us why to worry.Give your best rest is your destiny.Thats all my thoughts.Very useful tips prateek.keep writing.

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      Bharat Sharan 

      12 months ago from Dhanbad

      Good advice and very beneficial. But when you feel the creepiness in your system then nothing can help you.

      Have you taken interviews. I have been a member of interview boards. You won't understand. But excellent stuff.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      12 months ago from South India

      Good Mr Prateek, your article is a guiding one for prospecting youth. It will help them to perform smartly during interviews and grab the right opportunity.

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      You give good tips. I would also add the importance of doing your research and bein prepared to add confidence.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      12 months ago from India

      Really useful article for most of the youngsters who are planning on giving their first interview or who feel nervous doing so. Like most people, I also feel very nervous when attending an interview. Although, I try to calm myself down and be confident of whatever knowledge and skills I possess in front of the interviewee. The points you mentioned above are also very useful and pretty straightforward.

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