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How to stay calm during an interview

Keep the following tips in mind next time you have a job interview. These tips help you to stay calm during an interview and allow you to bring out the best of YOU and your skills.

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5 bulletproof tips to stay calm during an interview

1. Take it easy

The easiest way to stay calm during an interview is to take it easy. Yes, it is easier to say than do, but it is possible. Be yourself and don’t try to please everyone. Don’t pretend you are somebody else. If people on the other side of desk don’t like you the way you are, this place is not right for you. If something goes wrong, take a deep breath and reassure yourself that you will do better in the remaining interview.

2. Take couple of deep breaths

Deep breathing as a great way to stay calm during an interview. Take one or two deep breaths before you give an answer. Deep breathing refreshes your mind and keeps it sharper.

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3. Drink water

Always ask water before an interview. Water helps you to stay calm. It refreshes your body and you can collect your thoughts while drinking.

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4. Maintain correct posture

If you want to stay calm during an interview, settle into a comfortable sitting posture and maintain it. Constant posture changing is a sign of nervousness. A sign to your mind and a sign to other people in the room. By maintaining correct posture, you will feel much more relaxed and you can concentrate on the questions/answers. Correct posture is also a sign of self confidence.

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5. Do not rush

Always listen to the entire question before you give an answer. Speaks slowly and clearly. Give yourself time to think about what you are going to say next. Thought-out answers will help you to stay calm during an interview.

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  1. The worst interview I have ever had took place only a few weeks ago. I was feeling calm and confident up until I stepped into the room where the interview was to take place. There were three people sitting in front of me and after I sat down I realized that the person in charge was the spitting image of my previous boss who I disliked with a passion and was the reason why I had quitted my previous job. This woman not only looked the same but sounded and acted very similar.
    Needless to say things went down the hill from then on as I could not get rid off this image and I started to mumble and stumble in my answers until I ended up having to excuse myself and left the place.

  2. I remembered my worst interview which was like 2 years ago. When I stepped inside the room where I was about to get interviewed I was totally sweating and was so wet like over soaked sponge. I totally freaked out. I learned that being prepared for an interview was really essential and practicing what to say makes a great difference.

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