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We all get interview jitters. You’re meeting with an employer, and you’re scared that everything will go wrong. Most employers expect you to be nervous. The feeling can’t be avoided, but it can be helped with proper preparation.
When you receive a call for an interview, use your time to prepare for it. Having practice interviews with family or friends helps a lot. Don’t go easy on yourself. Throw the hardest questions at yourself. It’s the best way to be ready for anything.
Create a 30 second commercial. It’s a short and simple speech that gets straight to the point about your skills and qualifications related to the position. Use this when you are asked to describe yourself. It’s the best time for it.
Make sure your commercial caters to the employers’ needs. Don’t tell them about what you want to do. Rather, tell them how you can help their company grow with your skills.
Practice this beforehand with friends or family. Make changes as needed to make it just right.
Don’t sweat it when an employer asks about your salary requirements. Simply say that you are flexible. Also, ask the employer what the budget is for the position. It will help you to gauge how much you will be making.
Have everything you need prepared in advance for the day of the interview. Go to the location a day before so you know your way there. Have your outfit ready the night before. Get some good sleep and have a solid meal beforehand.
Arrive at the location 15 minutes early. This will give you time to wind down from the trip and make last minute preparations. This also gives the employer some time to prepare for the interview with you.
Have multiple copies of your resume, references and any other credentials readily available. Make sure the references are given notice about the interview so they know to expect a possible call.
Keep in mind, the employer wants to meet with you because of your skills. So, it’s okay to have interview jitters.
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