How to nail all of your future interviews and lose the ‘jitters’

Julian Tineo | The Ticker

Julian Tineo | The Ticker

Sweaty hands and shaky feet should not be the only thing you are looking forward to on the day of an interview.

Instead, imagine the confidence of taking charge of the room with a sleek outfit, résumé in hand and a warm smile that kindly greets your next employer. Of course, even the most confident and charismatic of individuals experience the interview-day jitters. Often, the anxiety overwhelms them to the point that their self-confidence reaches an all-time low.

These jitters can be prevented through extensive preparation, however.

The night before an interview is filled with a rise in adrenaline, but preparing a week beforehand increases the chances of a positive outcome for even the most nervous individuals.

Preparing a week before is a growth process in both learning and self-development as an individual.

“A week will give you more time and less stress than the night before,” Baruch College freshman and future business major Surojnie Deonaraine told The Ticker. “There is more time to plan and practice questions that may arise.”

The key to extensive preparation lies in first researching critically about the job’s expectations — both on paper and off paper.

What the company describes online may be different from how it is established in person. Take time to digest the information online and ask questions about company values and its disposition in the working field.

Once this is done, it is best to root out the job’s location in order to understand if you feel comfortable working there.

From research done both online and in person, ask yourself in-depth questions: How does this company model after your expectations, and how can this company help you to grow as both an employee and as a person?

The next step involves tailoring your résumé to suit the company’s needs — without sacrificing all of your past efforts that you would like to show. If there are unnecessary accomplishments that are lackluster to the job you are hunting after, it’s best to cut this in order to show off a concise and clean résumé. Modeling your résumé with the necessary words and content of the company’s values and expectations will immediately impress employers.

The company also expects you to look your best. Adhering to either a business casual or business formal look will avoid a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure. It also doesn’t hurt to spice your confidence up with a pop of charm and luck.

“And of course, a little ritualistic luck like a lucky tie or pin can’t hurt. I wear my grandfather’s tie on important days, and it seems to bring me some extra confidence and luck,” senior and law firm office clerk Joe Verde said to The Ticker.

When your interview day arrives, these tips can ensure that you will be free of anxiety because of your dedication to preparation.