SmartTalent - Interview PrepThe job search process can be stressful, and getting an interview can be the most stressful part of all. When you finally get a chance to talk with a hiring manager and make a favorable impression, you may be worried about how the company will view you and about whether the interview is likely to be a success or not.

While it is natural to be nervous, acting too jittery during the interview may hurt your chances. To make sure you don’t get too worked up and lose out on a great opportunity, consider employing these four strategies:

  • Practice and prepare: Nothing can calm your nerves like the confidence of knowing you are prepared for the interview. Plan what to wear, and find out in advance how to get to the interview so you won’t be worried about these details on the big day. You should also strongly consider practicing answers to some common interview questions so you’ll be ready with great responses. 
  • Do your research: If you know a lot about the company and the open position, you will be much more relaxed during the interview. You will have the peace of mind of knowing you have done all you can to impress the interviewer, and you’ll stay calm because you will already know what to expect about the company you are visiting. You can even check out the LinkedIn profiles of people you’ll be meeting.
  • Visualize success: Picture yourself sitting across from the interviewer providing great answers to questions. You can even picture yourself getting an offer. If you make your brain believe that everything is going to go well, you up the chances that you will be confident and capable during the interview process.
  • Smile: Smiling can make you look more confident, and it can actually even change your mood and help you to feel more positive.

SmartTalent can help you land interviews with top employers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lynnwood, Lacey and surrounding areas. When you are ready to take your Kirkland job search to the next level and get an interview with a company you’d be proud to work for, give our experienced staffing professionals a call for help.