Millions of years ago humans figured out if they were going outwit predators that were larger, faster, and fiercer, they’d better start living in groups.
As a result (according to Kip Williams, a professor of psychological sciences at Purdue), an intense fear of not being part of a social group developed in humans, because, to ancient man, being cast outside equalled death.
Cut to you, two million years later, sitting by yourself across from your interviewer. You’re jittery, your mind is racing, your mouth is dry... You’re so overcome by that hardwired caveman fear that you’ll be “thrown outside to the lions” that you can’t let yourself be, well, yourself during the interview.
Which is a pretty big problem, considering you and the interviewer are trying to figure out if this business relationship is going to work out.
The best way to succeed in an interview is to be honest and calm. Which takes a bit of work.
The Money section of U.S. News & World Report put together this great article outlining nine things you can do to defeat those fears and have a terrific meeting. Best of all, most of these can be done in the comfort of your own home, well before you’re sitting in that interview room.
- Know where you're going.
- Pick out proper clothes.
- Research the company.
- Speak to past and present employees.
- Run through questions you may be asked.
- Think of your own questions to ask.
- Practice with a friend or family member.
- Relax in the hours leading up.
- Put the necessary work in.
Some of these are pretty similar to the ones pointed on our 7 Tips on How to Interview Better post. Why not read both? If it helps you get through the jitters, then all the better!
And let us know if we missed anything you do to calm YOUR nerves during an interview!