The first thing an interviewer will do when you meet for the first time is make a quick judgment or assessment about you. In order to make a positive impression during an interview, practicing body language - as well as repeating answers to a few questions, will put you at ease during the meeting. Using visual communication and body language will contribute to a great first impression. All candidates need to appear confidant, as follows:
Alternatively, do not round your shoulders, look down and appear unsure of yourself.
The interview process can be stressful, and many candidates become nervous and anxious leading up to the interview. Following a few steps in advance will make the process easier.
The best way to avoid stress in any interview is to research the job description against your own background and experience and be well-prepared about the requirements and what you have to offer. By being prepared you will naturally feel more confident. Practice answering hypothetical questions in front of a mirror, out loud, or with a friend. By memorizing a script, some language will be easier to communicate at the actual meeting.
Plan ahead and make sure that you arrive early, so that you can become comfortable in your surroundings and take in the atmosphere. Breathe deeply and visualize a positive experience. Avoid thinking negative thoughts. Some individuals find it helpful to meditate before an interview to calm their nerves.
At the beginning of the interview, introduce some small talk, which will break the ice and help with nerves. Notice a painting or photo; discuss weather; traffic; sports - anything that will be engaging and put you at ease. During the interview, ask thoughtful questions so that the interviewer has the responsibility to provide answers, and you can assess the situation and regroup.
There are always nerves associated with any interview; the hiring professionals are aware and usually empathetic. Doing research, practicing answers, and staying positive are a few ways to curb your anxiety.