Calming Interview Jitters

Host: John Bradley
Guest Host: Linda Baugh

You can look forward to a pleasant meeting by a simple opening statement. After your initial greeting and your “thank you for your time,” the employer will usually begin the formal interview with questions. You will feel much more confident about your interview if you come prepared to say the following opening statement: “Mr. Jones, thank you for your question, I am happy to answer that. However would it be possible to review the five key job duties for the position so that I understand the position expectations? From my research I have found the following duties are key…. Are there any further clarifications to these duties?” The employer most likely will make some edits or bring up something which was not included. Whatever the employer adds, you can be sure that this is one of the more important items for the conversation.

A second important principle for calming your jitters is to come prepared to answer the Three Command Interview Questions. You should organize all of your credentials and experience into three categories defined as questions.

  1. Why are you interested in this position, in our organization?
  2. What are your qualifications for the position?
  3. How did your last position prepare you for this position?

These two confidence builders (opening statement and command questions) will turn your interview from nervous anxiety into a pleasant conversation. You can do it.

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