The Definitive easy Check List to help Conquer your Pre-Interview Jitters

By Jack J. Kelly

Interviewing for a new job could be a very stressful and an anxiety-inducing pursuit. My simple straightforward philosophy toward reducing stress and pre-interview jitters is to spend a fair amount of time researching the company, preparing, and practicing for the interview. There is a direct correlation between the time put into the pre-interview phase and the enhanced amount of confidence and comfort you will have going into the meetings.

I’d like to share with you what I recommend my clients to do before an interview. If you follow these easy suggestions, I promise you that most of your fears will be alleviated and you will go into the interview feeling cool, collected, and confident. Although, I’m not going to bullshit; you will almost always have a little bit of the butterflies in your belly and some nervousness no matter what you do and how much you practice. In fact, I’ve noticed that having a little nervousness is healthy for you in an interview setting, as it keeps you amped-up, alert, and focused.

Here is your quick pre-interview checklist:

1.      Search for and stalk the interviewers on LinkedIn and all social media platforms to learn as much about them as possible

2.      Thoroughly read the job description

3.      Make sure your resume addresses the needs and wants on the job description

4.      Research the company and familiarize yourself with their products, services, and mission statement

5.      Go over your elevator pitch until you are completely comfortable with it

6.      Do a trial run to the interview site a day or two before the interview

7.      Practice answering a wide range of potential interview questions

8.      Role play the interview with someone else who will be honest with their feedback

9.      Have your best outfit planned out a couple of days in advance

10.  Chat with people on the way to the interview, and once you are there, with the folks at the office to loosen up

11.  Don’t drink too much coffee, which could make you overly chatty and jumpy

12.  Get a good night sleep.

13.  Print out more copies of your resume than the amount of people you are meeting with

14.  Have a more-than-sufficient amount of business cards in your pocket

15.  Eat a little, healthy snack before the interview. Drink some water, but not too much so that you have to pee badly

16.  Arrive early to the interview. Don’t go right in, but walk around the block to clear your head and get the blood flowing

17.  Once you are at the interview site, find a restroom to check yourself out in the mirror and quickly brush your hair and groom, if required

18.  Have a mint handy to freshen your breath

19.  Wipe off your sweaty palms

20.  Grill your recruiter or internal human resources point-person for inside information about the job, such as why it is available, the core responsibilities, if they interviewed other people, and if they did, what they liked or disliked about them

21.  Discreetly ask trusted friends, colleagues, and associates if they know anything about the company, people you will be meeting with, and how the job fits into the overall picture at the company

22.  Google the company to find any red flags or potential problems that you should be aware of

23.  Review your resume to make sure everything is accurate and up-to-date

24.  Scrub your social media presence to remove any inappropriate or weird postings that could portray you in a bad light

25.  Turn off your phone once you get into the building

26.  Have a couple of tissues ready in case you have a big, messy sneeze or a profusely sweating episode

27.  Freshen up and polish your LinkedIn profile. Add bullet points that address the needs of the job

28.  Take anything that is false or misleading off your resume or LinkedIn profile that could blow-up on you in a background check

29.  Take some deep breaths. Breathe in to the count of four, hold for two beats, then release to the count of five. Do this a few times to settle down

30.  Smile, stand up straight and tall, put your shoulders back, and hold your head up high

The more you research, prepare, and practice, the more relaxed, confident, and empowered you become.

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