Get Over Interview Jitters
The job interview can be very stressful for most people. Since one of our top fears is rejection and one of our top needs is acceptance, it is not surprising that interviews make people sweat.
Change Your Perception of Job Interviews
The first and most important step in overcoming the fear is to put the interview in perspective. This is not an appointment with the dentist, who may inflict pain. An interview is a conversation with another person. The worst thing that can happen is you won't get the job, which may not have been the right job for you anyway.
One of the best techniques to handle stress is through breathing. Take deliberate shallow breaths. Take air in through the nostrils and exhale, quietly, through the mouth. You should practice this technique for relaxing before the interview.
Prepare Before the Interview
Competition for jobs is keen. It is important, however, to do everything possible to sell yourself by preparing for the interview. Start thinking of yourself as a product and present what you have to offer the company.
Can you imagine giving a performance without some practice and preparation? Winging the interview in today's market is a big mistake. Preparation will make you feel more confident and less anxious.
Fear of Rejection
There are so many factors that could be affecting the offer that it is impossible to say what is happening. There may be internal candidates, relatives promised jobs, a competitor who is a perfect match for the position, a lack of chemistry or a mismatch in salary needs.
Let It Go at the Interview
Give yourself credit for getting an interview -- only a small percentage of people get this far in the process. Give yourself credit for going out there and putting yourself on the line, even though it is painful for you. Give yourself permission to not get job offers. Believe that an offer will come through when it is the right offer -- the right fit for the company and for you.