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7 ways to conquer pre-interview jitters

By Rachel Weingarten

Preparation, preparation, preparation!

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'By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.' Benjamin Franklin



1. Prepare the jitters away

Do research on the company and the interviewers. Find the answers to common industry questions. Even better, role play with someone as the interviewer.


2. Focus on you

If you can't work in details about yourself in the questions, try to include them in your closing remarks.


3. Know your value

“Confidence comes from the view that you have value, and you back up that value with performance. In life, we go out looking for opportunities to prove ourselves versus knowing our value.” Heather Ann Havenwood, entrepreneur.


4. Use your panic

You have more options than you feel.


5. Gain perspective

Gain confidence and perspective by seeing the forest instead of the trees.


6. Plan a reward for after the interview

You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a massage and that's kind of the same thing.


7. Ask for a drink

Benefits include building rapport, and trying out your voice.