So you've got a job interview on the horizon. But you're not focused on the typical aspects of preparing for such an event—the only thing you can think about is how awkward you're going to be. You'll be sweaty and shaky, with a timid voice and manner, which is going to get you turned down again. You've been denied jobs because of your awkward nature before.
Some of those jobs you were more than qualified for. How can you take control this time and avoid social blunders so that you can get the job you need? Let's look at some tips to help you calm down and get through your interview as smoothly as possible.
1. Be Honest About Your Awkwardness
Your awkwardness is already going to be showing. It will be clear that you're nervous, there's no getting around that fact. The body always finds ways of expressing how you really feel, so something will give you away—strained body language, shakiness, sweating, etc. Don't hide your anxiety. Be truthful and genuine about how you feel. Your interviewer will appreciate the honesty and it might even help you to stand out.
2. Eat Beforehand
Nervousness quells the appetite, but you're gonna need to eat something before you head out to your interview. If you don't, it'll just make things worse. By not eating, you subject your body to lack of energy, headaches, weakness, shakiness, and more. These problems will only contribute to more anxiety, which you definitely don't need. Eat something before you go, even if it's just a small snack.
3. Shift Focus To Your Skills And Talents
Yes, you're lacking in the social department. But you have other talents and skills that you need to bring to the attention of your interviewer. Being quiet means you're probably observant, focused, and detail-oriented. Let them know about your hardworking attitude and self-motivation. If you have hobbies, talk about those. Things like playing a musical instrument or learning how to draw require patience and dedication to learn. You have to show your employer that you more than make up for your lack of social skills and that you're a well-rounded candidate for the job.
4. Preparation Is Key
Anxiety thrives in uncertainty, so prepare as much as you can. Research common interview questions and get down your answers to them. Have a couple of topics or questions you can bring up if things go silent. Drill yourself in front of the mirror or do a mock interview practice with a friend. It will help to learn about the company you plan on working for, as this will set you apart from other job candidates and show that you did your research. Also make sure to get up early on interview day so you will have enough time to prepare.
Everyone has issues with something in life. This is a problem you will have to face to achieve your goals and get the life you desire. Try to relax, take deep breaths, and remind yourself that you'll get through this and improve yourself because you did. Look forward to the relief when you've succeeded and do your best in the moment to ensure success.
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