How To Handle The Interview Stress

No matter what degree you hold, how skilled you are, and what experience you hold, the very thought of facing an interview leads to goose bumps. To think about sitting in front of the interview panel causes stress to many people and it can be nerve-wrecking for them. Here we provide certain tips to face the interview confidently.

  •  Recognize Your Problem: First you need to accept that you are under stress and it is normal in such conditions. This is the most important step, as it allows you to find ways to come out of it. There are various signs which indicate that the person is under stress, such as, tickling in the stomach, sweating, babbling, tightening of the shoulders and neck, etc. Early detection of such signs and symptoms is imperative when formulating a plan of action to combat stress during an interview.
  • Prepare In Advance: Before going for an interview, prepare both your mind and body. Some patent interview questions need to be prepared beforehand and body language such as posture must be rehearsed in advance. Preparation gives confidence to face the actual situation.
  • Do Not Succumb To The Interview Pressure: Giving in is very easy, but to succeed one has to face challenges and overcome them with determination. Remember that your interview performance is the index of your character. It shows how strong you are. Just focus on your strengths and try to overcome your shortcomings. It is for sure that the interview panel will not change; you have to change and adopt the never-to-quit attitude.
  • Respect The Interviewer: Listen carefully to what the interviewer is asking, answer politely and with patience. It is important to face the interview with a positive attitude and keep your mind alert and open.

Only with confidence and determination one can come out of the pressure full situation. There is no shortcut to escape fear. One has to accept the fear and give his/her best to come out of difficult situations with the head held high.

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PlacementIndia.Com – Blogs Release February 2012

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People going for the interview may have to face a hot boiler-like situation, when a panel of interviewers is waiting to welcome them. Facing a panel with all the interviewers together is not an easy task as it puts one under immense pressure. It is like confronting, accepting and dodging several viewpoints at the same time. Nowadays many companies opt for panel interview while undertaking the recruitment process, but why is it preferred and what exactly does it involve?

Why Panel Interview?

  • From the companies’ perspective
    • The real self of the interviewer emerges in the process of extensive interviewing.
    • It saves time: It is a part of the time management strategy for a company, to bring all the interviewers together to meet the interviewee in a single session, rather than fixing individual session with each interviewer.
  • From the perspective of the applicants
    • Less time consuming: Get a chance to meet the company professionals in one go, and understand how they work as a team.

But, generally it is quite stressful for the applicants to face the panel. Some tips to come out of the panel interview with flying colors include:

  • Ask the HR Recruiter about the company’s interview agenda.
  • Gain information about the company, before coming for the interview. Do research to gain information about each panel member.
  • Maintain eye contact with every member in the panel while answering. Make initial eye contact with the person asking the question, then include all.
  • Come prepared for the obvious questions like, “Tell me something about yourself”. Your answers should present different aspects of your personality. Remember that you have to impress everyone.
  • Answer behavioral questions honestly. As there are people with different viewpoints, so there are chances that you can be cross checked.

The key to successfully facing a panel interview lies in coming prepared and facing the panel with confidence. The panel interview should be taken as an opportunity for the job seekers to prove themselves valuable to the company in a single meet to many members of the company.

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Try out to establish some sort of connection with the interviewer. Usually interviewers get bored and tired after interviewing several candidates in one day. This way your interviewer would be impressed with your storytelling skills. This connection will surely help you to stand out among your competitors.

Preparing for the interview is a highly important task. Its importance gets even tripled when you are a fresher and hardly have any job experience. So it is important for you to first have confidence since it assists you to win the interviewer over.

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