8 Tips for Staying Calm During a Job Interview

8 Tips for Staying Calm During a Job Interview

Man talking and being assessed by group

The thought of an interview is often a daunting one. If you remain cool and calm during an interview, you will project an air of confidence which is attractive to a potential employer. You will also demonstrate that you can remain calm when stressful situations arise in the course of your work.

To stop nerves getting the better of you, here are some tips to secure that coveted job:

  1. Be Prepared

Know the job you are interviewing for, review the job description and understand what you can bring to the role. Research the company, their products/services and their competitors. Go onto their website and use LinkedIn to learn about the person who is interviewing you.

  1. Practice

The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Don’t memorize exact answers to likely interview questions, but do have points prepared of what you want to say to a potential employer. Think about why you want the job and what makes you a great candidate for it.  If you can, do a mock interview with a friend. Nerves tend to make us speak very quickly so try and watch out for that during the mock interview.

  1. Arrive Early and Relax

Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the interview; you don’t want to give a bad impression by being late. Try to arrive early to give yourself time to gather your thoughts and take a few deep breaths.

  1. Think positively and be confident

You have already been short listed for interview so the company obviously thinks you can do the job. Focus on your strengths and this will help calm your nerves.

  1. Posture

Your voice naturally projects better if you are sitting up straight. If you experience fidgety or shaky hands, then clasp then and place them on your lap.

  1. Breathe and take your time

When we are relaxed, we think more clearly. Take some deep breaths. Don’t rush into answering a question. Take time to formulate your thoughts and deliver a well thought out answer.

  1. Be yourself

Try not to sound too rehearsed as if you have practised each question to death. Let the potential employer see a little of your personality, that can often make you stand out from the other candidates.

  1. Remember there are other jobs out there

Try and enjoy the interview and be proud of your achievements. You’re already on the shortlist as you have been selected for interview. If you don’t get the job offer, don’t despair, there are other opportunities out there. Use this as a practice run for the next job!


Aideen Cummins 2012

Aideen Cummins

Principal Recruitment Consultant
Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group