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How to Avoid Being Nervous in a Job Interview

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Sweaty palms, a dry mouth and nervous twitching are just a few ways that you might react during a job interview. It is perfectly normal to feel this way as long as this nervousness doesn't interfere with your ability to do well during the interview. So if you are nervous about that interview, here are some helpful tips to help you overcome your anxiety.

Be prepared for the interview process. Most of your nervous feelings come from not knowing what to expect. Using that nervous energy to prepare for your interview will benefit you the most. Ask a friend or family member help you practice for the interview. Have your friend ask you questions such as, "Why do you think you'd be good for this position?" Also be prepared to discuss your strengths and weaknesses.

Go to the location ahead of time, so that you will know how long it will take you to get there. Have a copy of your resume and your outfit ready before the day of the interview. You will also want to arrive at least fifteen minutes before your interview.

Research the company so you are familiar with their practices. Learn as much as you can about the position on offer. Knowing a bit about the company will help you answer questions more easily and be less stressed out.

Distract yourself a bit from thinking nervous thoughts while you are waiting for the interview to begin. The best way to do this is by reading your resume. This will help remind you of what you have accomplished in your previous jobs and why you feel you are qualified for the job. It will also serve as some last-minute practice before you answer questions about your experience and education.

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Take deep breaths. Taking a deep breath and releasing some of that nervous energy is a great way to help you relax on your way over to the interview.

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