Here are some helpful hints about staying calm during a tough interview:
1. Advance Preparation: Know your strong points so that during the interview you can speak about them in a calm manner, without them asking you. If this is done it will leave a positive impression in the recruiter's mind. Your strong points should be discussed by relating them to what this particular job has asked for and what you could bring to the company. Research the company so that you can ask the right questions when it is time for that. If you know about this company you will make another good impression. You will also feel more comfortable and calm in the HOT SEAT because you are prepared and knowledgeable about yourself and the company. (THIS COULD GET YOU THE JOB.)
2. Honesty: Interviewers are very intuitive about honesty and dishonesty. It is important that you answer their questions with honesty. If you want to get their attention be honest (do not lie about the answers, it usually gets you no where). When speaking try not to clear or throat all the time because you are nervous, but answer in a clear and concise way. Give straight forward answer and don't say any more except you might want to give one of your strengths at this point, but let them ask you more about those strengths so that they feel in control of the interview.
It is Calming to know and feel good not fudging or lying in the answer.
3. Practice Answering Questions: There are many books and online questions for you to practice interviewing with a friend. Look up those questions, write down yours answers and then practice answering them to someone you trust to give you feed back for your answers. A few Questions to practice would be: What is your best skill and what do you need to improve on?; Have you had a ever solved a problem that occurred between two other employees and how did you solve that problem?; Why do you want to work for this company?; Describe you ideal career?; Tell me something about yourself that I don't know from reading your resume?; Tell me what you know about this company?
What would you done differently if you were to run this company? (How to find out if you research this company);Do you believe you are overqualified for this position and why?; Why do you want to leave your current job? What salary would you expect for the job?; (Use the salary.com site or some other site to find out what the salaries are for the position that you applied for?). What new skills or ideas do you bring to the job that other candidates aren't likely to offer? If you can practice answering these and other questions you will feel so much calmer then you would if you don't practice. The practice gives you confidence and that will give you strength to get through the interview with flying colors.
Illegal or stress Questions: These questions are shock questions and some interviewers will ask these to see how you might react. If you sit for a few seconds and get your thoughts in order you will answer appropriately. They are trying to see how you react with pressure and tension on the job. So prepare for these and don't act defensive but with confidence. If you simply can't answer the question smile with confidence and without apology, but simply say
"I can't answer that question." Know what some of the illegal question are and be ready. Some illegal questions are regarding Age, religion, number of children, married etc.
Telephone Interviews: These are becoming more commonplace because companies want to reduce their hiring cost by avoiding travel at careening stages in interviews. They can quickly weed out most candidates and decide on the best to pursue. Practice with a friend over the phone. You can also listen to yourself and your own voice by leaving a message on your answer machine. You will be more confident about how you sound to others and if you need to change the tone or speak slower or faster.
On your way to Interview: Although Preparation is important, your performance during an interview can make an even greater difference. Generally keep in mind the following qualities in your choice of words, tone of voice, and body language: Capability, Confidence, Dependability, Calm manner, Enthusiasm, Flexibility. All of these characteristic should be shown in the interview process and if you have prepared properly with all the above suggestions you should feel calm and confident to be able to answer everything that they are asking and showing them your best qualities.
**If you are well prepared you will be able to make a good impression with your answers. My Motto is BE PREPARED FOR ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS THAT ARE THROWN AT YOU AND ANSWER WITH CONFIDENCE
AND CALMNESS! If you are prepared you will exude the confidence needed.
Good Luck to you and just remember to PRACTICE: P=PREPARE; R=RESEARCH; ACCOMPLISHMENTS; C=CONFIDENCE; T=TIMING; I=INTERVIEW; C=CALM; E=ENTHUSIASM. THE MORE YOU PRACTICE THE CALMER YOU ARE!
YOU CAN DO IT!!!