We all know what it’s like to fail miserably in an interview. For one reason or another, sometimes things just don’t turn out the way you intended. You might have thought about your answers all day, but suddenly find yourself lost for words when faced with an interviewer. Thankfully, there are a few tips that help you maintain the calm and rise to the occasion!

Prepare yourself. It’s rudimentary advice, but preparation separates the wheat from the chaff. To prepare for an upcoming interview, hop online and print out a list of ‘The 50 Most Common Interview Questions’. If you go through each one, you won’t be blindsided by any tricky questions in an interview. Write down your answers using bullet points and go over you answers again before the interview. Prepare for anything, and nothing will surprise you!

Look the part. Dressing well is a sure sign of a punctual and precise person, so make sure you look the part for your interview. If you’re wearing a suit, make sure your shirt is ironed and that a matching tie or appropriate accessory has been chosen. Shave or make sure your hair is neatly groomed. These rules can apply to everyone and can greatly enhance the likelihood of interview success.

Bring hard copies of your resume. Don’t expect your interviewers to have copies of your resume on hand. For whatever reason, it serves you to have copies available for the group. It signifies that you’re prepared and willing to go that little bit further to get the job.

Double check on specific requirements for interviews. In today’s workplace, it’s common to require certain things from prospective employees. These things might include police checks, certification and other documents related to education or qualifications. Prepare copies of each of these and have them on hand during the interview. It’s common to hear that job seekers attended interviews without taking the time to read any proposals or initiating documents. Don’t get caught out; simply take the time to read everything carefully!

Meditate. In the moments leading up to the interview, try to meditate in order to maintain calm and focus. Steady your breathing and slow your mind’s pace so that you’re clear-thinking and relaxed for the important meeting!

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