Seeming nervous on a job interview can definitely hurt your chances of getting the post. Although there are many reasons why people get nervous, lack of confidence is often a major contributor. Preparing for a job interview is extremely important, and it's probably the best way to combat nervousness in an interview.
You should be keenly aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. Have specific examples in mind of contributions you have made. If you want to gain more experience in a specific area (i.e. planning), you should be aware of this as well.
Preparation should include researching the company, bringing a few samples of work you've done, and always having a copy of your résumé. Even though it may seem like Interviewing 101, you would be surprised how many people forget to do so. Dressing appropriately for the interview, getting there a few minutes early (but not too early), and preparing properly not only reveal that you're a professional, but can also help boost your confidence and ease nervousness.
Gary Platt is president of Strategic Recruiting.
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