Quite a few people are frightened of job interviews. Here’s how I got over that fear.
I started thinking in a more harmonious way. I realized, once and for all, that the employer wanted to hire me almost as much as I wanted a job. All I had to do is show the interviewer how I fit their position. This doesn’t work a hundred percent of the time, of course, but it removes a lot of stress from the interview process and increased my success rate.
When I go in to interview, the first thing I do is keep a small smile plastered on my face. My head is up, I’m looking around, I’m friendly with everyone. If anyone asks how my day is going, I say “great, how’s yours?” or something similar. I move like I belong there.
When I actually speak with my interviewer, I’m warm and friendly, and I keep in mind that they are just doing their job. I am thoughtful about my interview responses and I try to inject just a bit of a sense of humor into them. When I have done the job before, I use that to ask good questions and build rapport.
Yesterday I used this technique to get a job offer. Not only that, but it was a pleasant, even fun experience, both for the interviewer but also for me.