No matter how confident you are that you’re qualified for the job, there’s going to be anxiety before the interview. The good news is that you wouldn’t have been called if you weren’t considered to be a strong candidate. But the anxious feeling persists because you’re afraid you’ll be eliminated because of mistakes you may make during the meeting.
It doesn’t matter how qualified or smart you are; you must prepare for a job interview. There will be other competent applicants, so you need to be ready for the challenge. Here are a few suggestions to build your confidence and help you ace the interview.
Get to know the company
Do your research on the business and the position to which you’re applying. The interviewer will be pleased if you can answer “Yes” when she asks if you know anything about their company. And if your research helps you find out why the company is hiring for the position, so much the better.
Connect with the interviewer
Once you have gathered all the research information, resist the temptation to impress the interviewer with it. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Don’t step over it. You want to be likeable rather than as a know-it-all. After all, you’re making a first impression during those minutes of the interview. Use the time to build rapport.
Practice your answers
You can find sample interview questions and answers on various internet sites. Look them up and start practicing. For better results, practice in front of a mirror so you can see your facial expressions and body language. Keep practicing until you’re confident that this is how you want to present yourself.
Make sure your closet is empty
Many companies are doing background checks using internet search engines. Make sure they don’t find any skeletons in your closet when they check you out. You need to ensure that your social networking profiles are clean and professional. You don’t want to be blindsided by your past during the interview.
Smile through your anxiety
It helps you to look and feel confident if you accept your fear with a smile. It’s easier than trying to suppress it or beat it down with positive affirmations. Also, keep in mind that wearing a professional-looking outfit to the interview is a real confidence booster. Your smile will look brighter, and your anxiety will subside if you dress for success.
Do you want more tips for surviving the interview? Or would you like to learn more about pursuing a career in trucking? Contact a Contracted Driver Services recruiter today.