So, you’ve followed all the basic tips and your perfectly optimized resume has landed you an important interview. You feel confident because you’re prepared to answer the most frequently asked interview questions, and you even have a plan on how to follow up after the interview is finished. But, as the moment draws nearer, you feel the butterflies in your stomach fluttering and your palms getting sweaty. The minutes leading up to an interview can be crucial, and your preparedness and state of mind can greatly influence what happens during the actual interview. Business Insider recently published an interesting article listing the 15 things you should do in the 15 minutes before an interview. Here are a few of the most interesting tips the article lays out:
- Stay Calm/Breathe – Staying calm will help you put your best foot forward, and a great way to calm your nerves in a stressful environment is to focus on your breathing.
- Arrive early, but don’t go inside – Never show up late, but try not to show up more than 10 minutes early. You don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on your interviewer.
- Decide on the things you want to be remembered for – “Is it your communications skills? Project management skills? Knowledge? Keying in on a few things that will impact your memorability and likeability is a smart way to approach the interview."
- Stop rehearsing – You don’t want to appear inauthentic or overly rehearsed. Try to relax and trust your ability to say the right thing.
- Review notes, but don’t do any more research – At this point in the process you want to be prepared. Adding more research to the mix at this stage is likely to only confuse matters.
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