(Closed) Job interview nerves

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Member
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My mom always told me to smile during interviews. I found that not only did I probably look better than if I was grimacing, but it actually made me feel more confident.

The other advice that I’ve been given that has really worked is to say “Oh, that’s a good question” if you need a chance to think over your reply. It helps you stall for time without saying “um” or stumbling over your words.

You’ll do great. Just be yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Good luck!  You’ll do great–be confident, and be yourself.

It does sound super intense, but that’s what those 23 years of school have been preparing you for!

Post # 5
Hostess
11278 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Owlet: Smile, as funy as this will sound try to enjoy it too. Best of luck.

Post # 6
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2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Good luck! I agree about the smiling advice and with the poster who said to take your time and to not be afraid of pauses. If you’re not sure what to say. don’t worry about taking a minute or two to think it over to make sure you can process your thoughts. It’s better to take some time to think your answer through than to try to fill the space with talking and hope you reach your point.

It’s also good to practice answers to some of those standard questions so you’re ready for them. I’ve actually been helping my mom look for a new job and she was stumbling through her answers so we practiced some of the basics.

Try to stay relaxed (especially in the big group situations, where it can be sort of overwhelming!) and I’m sure you’ll do great ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Good luck!  Just remember they wouldn’t be investing all this time in the interview process for you if they didn’t already think you’re a good candidate!

Post # 8
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2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sometimes it helps to think about it like YOU’RE interviewing them rather than them interviewing you. That way you’re going in and sharing what you know, asking them questions and seeing how you like them, rather than feeling like your being put under a spotlight and questioned.

You obviously know what you’re doing – or they wouldn’t devote a whole day to interview you. So go in there like you’ve already got the job and now your just finding out the details…just take a big deep breath to calm yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Owlet: Congrats on getting through the day…sending good thoughts your way ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Owlet: Glad to hear things were less stress-inducing than they looked to be beforehand. Here’s hoping for good news!

Post # 12
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2385 posts
Buzzing bee

good luck!

Post # 13
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2397 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Glad to hear it went well, I hope everything works out for you!

Post # 14
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Good luck!

Post # 15
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7694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Good Luck!  Waiting to hear when they are scheduling my 2nd interview.   I should know soon, because they asked me during my first interview if I would like to continue to have a 2nd interview-of course I said yes.  If they don’t call me in a couple of hours, I will call them. (Pacific Time here)

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