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REDUCE YOUR NERVES BEFORE AN INTERVIEW Most students dread job interviews, but by approaching them in the right way and taking note of a few key things, you can make sure you don't freeze on the big day.  

Being prepared is one way of making sure there are no surprises. Find out about the company's vision, products, culture and the kind of people who work there. Then use that information along with the job description to provide examples of why the best for the job. Make sure you know your CV, backwards, forwards and upside-down you don’t want to be using 100 erms as you try and remember your own employment and educational history.  

There’s no way you can prepare for every question they throw at you, but if you’ve thought about possible responses to the more common questions interviewers ask, you will be less likely to be froze by a question and with the questions you did rehearse you can show off that confidence.  

Getting a good night's sleep before the interview is important so you feel fresh. Try not to leave your planning to the last minute. Sort out your interview ware and polish your shoes the day before and have a nice bath (or shower) and a long sleep. Note: Drinking your self into a coma won’t be helping you the next day.  

Research shows that if you go to bed in a positive mood you are more likely to have good dreams and feel more positive in the morning, so stick on that comedy you love so much. Take into consideration the time it takes you to get to the job interview, maybe do a trail run if you have the time, this way you can be sure to get there on time.  

If you're made to wait in reception before you're taken into the interview room, use that time to have a few deep breaths and think about some small talk you can have with your interviewer or start some small talk with the receptionist to help calm your nerves, you never know who has an influence on your job interview. Remember something as simple as commenting on the nice decor in the office or the good recent weather helps break the ice and put you at ease.  

Even if you’re not feeling confident, make sure you act confident. Always try to use appropriate body language in your interview, such as making a positive (but not finger crushing or featherweight) handshake, looking your interviewer in the eye, and sitting up straight in your chair (move your bum into the very back of the chair this way you’ll be forced into a confident position).  

Finally, the best bit of advice is don't worry, just relax and be yourself. The job interview is as much for you to see if you like the company as it is for them to see if they like you, so go in with an open mind.
 

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