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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Sysak

The Psychology Behind Interview Nerves— and How to Overcome Them

Updated: Oct 26, 2022

We get nervous as a result of our body feeling like there is a possible threat or something is wrong. When we go to interviews, many people tend to get nervous. Interviews are out of people’s comfort zone and can feel like we are giving up control of a situation. The question remains, how do we overcome our nerves?

One way to help overcome nerves when going into an interview is to be prepared. Being prepared will help you feel more in control of the situation. You should prepare by researching the company prior to the interview. This will ensure the basic information of the company does not catch you off guard, and it lets the person interviewing you know that you care about the job you are applying for. You can also prepare by searching for common interview questions or even doing a mock interview with someone you know.

Focusing on positive thoughts can also help you calm your nerves before an interview. Concentrate on what you are going to say, and think about what your strengths are. Positive thinking can help build the confidence you need for a great interview.

To help relax, you can think of the interview as more of a conversation. While still keeping yourself professional, try to act like you are speaking to someone you know. After all, it is easier for us to talk to friends and coworkers than it is to strangers. Treating the interview like a conversation also makes you and everything else seem more natural.

RepuCare recruiters want to help you succeed in your interviews. To support your efforts, we have a Tips and Tricks for Job Seekers article under our website’s Resources page. The Tips and Tricks list was made to guide you through every step of the process starting with building your resume to your first day of work. Most importantly, this guide comes with a list of commonly asked interview questions that can help you practice and calm your nerves for your upcoming interview.

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