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Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:15

Is it okay to tell an interviewer that you are nervous?

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There is no reason that you can’t tell an interviewer that you are nervous but it serves no purpose other than attempting to reduce your anxiety. It won’t!

Any good interviewer will know that you are nervous, without you telling them. Depending on their personality, they may be understanding and supportive of you or they may use it against you.

You would be better off in trying to reduce your nervousness prior to going for the job interview.

This can be done by brainstorming possible questions that you may be asked during the interview and preparing for answers. The job description itself can be a great place to prepare yourself for potential questions.

Another great anxiety-reducing strategy is to do some role playing. Have someone ask you questions and answer them as if you were in the actual job interview.

Anxiety usually won’t kill you, but seeming overly anxious may kill the interview. You want to come across as being confident and the right person to be hired for the job.

There is an old saying that goes ‘fake it until you make it.’ If you believe that you are confident and not anxious, you in turn will be confident. It really works!

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