The interesting thing is that being prepared for an interview would probably help jobseekers feel less nervous and thus, seem less nervous to the employer. So, preparing for an interview seems to be a helpful tip in getting rid of nerves before an interview, but what should a job candidate do during an interview to be less nervous?
Stop talking. Nervousness can make people talk faster and speak without thinking. So, an important thing for jobseekers to remember during an interview is to stop talking. If they get stuck on a question, they should allow themselves to pause and think before answering the question.
Experienced recruiters and hiring managers understand that job candidates will be nervous but they will not be so understanding if they answer a question by saying something inappropriate, irrelevant, that they did not mean to say, or that does not make sense.
Unique, meaningful answers are always better than thoughtless answers. Job candidates should take the time to come up with these meaningful answers so they don’t just say the first thing that comes to mind, which is often the cliché answers that recruiters hear all the time.
While answering questions still remains an important part of an interview, taking the time to not talk and just think might be just as important. As much as recruiters hate clichés, here’s one they probably agree with: “Think before you speak.”
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