As the summer months come to a close, we are focusing on how to fall into an effective interview. It’s normal to feel nervous before an interview. This month we focus on overcoming the nervous jitters so that you can rock your interview and hopefully land your next career move.  Check out what we put together just for you this month!


Your Mind is Your Prison When You Focus on Fear

Anxiety can be a normal side effect of change. It is scary to put yourself out there for examination, rejection, and movement. While nerves can be overpowering and demanding at times before large life events, the sweet success of getting that next interview or that “yes” at the negotiation table would be less sweet without the initial anxious energy. Think of your life events as large mountains, the anxious energy creeps up as you get closer to the peak, but when you hit the top, you feel accomplished and you can see the road ahead. This is why this month we are focusing on how to cope with interview anxiety. Although it may not be cured completely, it can be treated.  We hope this helps you out!

Self Confidence is the Memory of Success

Wear something you are confident in! Even if you are not sure about the interview or how you will react to the interviewer, your outfit will give you something to be certain about. Wear something comfortable, yet professional. Layers are essential because you have no idea what the temperature of the office may be. Any type of confidence is good confidence so achieve that in the easiest way possible, your wardrobe!

Practice Until You Can’t Get it Wrong

If you’re anxious about what type of questions may be asked, look up interview questions on Google. Ask yourself the questions and craft out your responses. Weed out what you want to prioritize saying and what you can afford to leave out. Doing this should help put your mind at ease and give you more of an idea of what to expect.

Don’t Go Bananas, Just Eat Them

It’s been proven that bananas can help ease anxiety. How? Well, bananas are a natural beta blocker with high potassium. Beta blockers are used to treat anxiety, reduce blood pressure, or heart conditions. Therefore, a boost in your potassium level can be beneficial when you have anxiety. When we are under stress our metabolism is stimulated, which causes a drop in potassium levels. It can be as easy as eating a banana before your interview to help calm any nerves you may have.

(http://www.healthextremist.com/banana-a-natural-beta-blocker-for-anxiety/)

A Good Laugh Heals a lot of Hurts

If you’re stressed and putting yourself down on your upcoming interview, watch funny videos. They help make you laugh and put you in a better mood. They help ease the tension which is beneficial. If you go into an interview too tense, it could ruin your chances just as much as not being tense enough.

Nothing You Wear is More Important than Your Smile

Visualize yourself succeeding in the interview. If you envision a positive outcome and stay optimistic it can do wonders on your mood. If you picture yourself doing well in the interview and getting the position, odds are you’ll feel more confident and excited to enter the interview in the first place. If you’re having a difficult time staying optimistic, give yourself a positive pep talk. Talking yourself up in your most anxious moments will help ease your nerves. Pointing out your positive features should boost your confidence and overpower interview anxiety.  The positive energy you radiate can even help you get the position. Something as little as a smile can do wonders!


Grazie, Gracias, Merci, Thank You!

Most people have a generic idea as to what proper office etiquette actually is. One of the most important practices to follow is writing thank you notes to your interviewers after you complete an interview. Thank you notes can make or break your chances of getting a job. For example, if you’re neck and neck with another candidate and they decide to write a thank you note but you don’t, it’s more likely that they’ll get the position over you. Not sure where to start? That’s why we are here.  Check out our five tips on how to write a proper and effective thank you note!

Efficiency is Intelligent Laziness

Be sure to send a thank you note to your interviewer within 24 hours of your interview. An email is more efficient but if your interviewer is more traditional, send a written thank you note in the mail. The sooner it is sent, the better you’ll look. Twenty-four hours is the maximum amount of time that should pass between your interview and a thank you being sent if you want to leave a good impression on your interviewer.

Please and Thank You

In your letter be sure to thank the interviewer for their time and consideration. After all, that is the point of a thank you note. Keep in mind, you are sending this because they don’t have to interview you in the first place. They chose you because, on paper, you look like the perfect fit. Now it’s time to show them that you are!

Reminder!

In your thank you note, remind the interviewer of your qualifications. This is important especially if you did not get to include all of them in the interview. Highlight the most important qualifications that fit best with the position you applied for. It serves as a reminder to the interviewer but isn’t overly pushy or obnoxious.

Make it Simple, but Significant

Make your email or letter short and simple but don’t forget to include key details. Separate small paragraphs with a full line in between to make it easier to read. This way the interviewer doesn’t get lost in any extra text or misses anything important.

Maintaining Brand You

At the end of your thank you note be sure to network yourself and include any social media links. These should be your professional links that don’t include any embarrassing or unprofessional posts. This provides your interviewer with a tool to look you up. Also, when you include links to your profiles it shows that you have nothing to hide and are willing to show your potential employer who you are.