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9 Ways To Face A Job Interview Without Fear

9 Ways To Face A Job Interview Without Fear

Interviews are tough and can be life-changing. Perhaps, this is what makes them so hard. The stakes are really ratcheted up when interviewing with more than one person. They’re all looking at you, while you are trying to come up with the answers that will capture for you that all-important job. In addition to picking out your best outfit, getting a good night’s sleep, and studying up to be able to answer the toughest questions, here are some tips that will help you on your job interview:

1. Practice, Practice, Practice (And Then Practice Some More)

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    Call up a friend and set up a mock job interview. Have them ask the toughestinterview questions. Repeat. Repeat so many times that you can confidently answer even the most difficult question in your sleep. Thoroughly review the job description and research the company to be well prepared.

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    2. Be Confident

    Your resume stood out from the crowd enough that you got the call-back. Remember this as you prepare and meet the interviewer. As you enter, think of someone you admire, and consider their qualities. Recall how this person comports themselves, how they walk, talk, and greet others. Remember how that person exudes self-confidence and you will do the same.

    3. Understand that This Too Shall Pass

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      Getting nervous is normal, this is an important achievement and just like anyone else you want to do well. Remember that the interviewer would not have called you in if you were not considered to be a good fit for the company. You have a great deal to offer the company and it is their loss if they should decide otherwise. Think positively about your job interview.

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      4. Stay Calm, All is Well

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        You can fool your brain into believing that all is well. When you act like everything is fine, surprising your brain believes your action. Be confident,and your brain and body will respond. Stand up straight and look each interviewer in the eye. Remember to take deep breaths, and relax. The company was interested enough in you to call you back, after all.

        5. Treat Yourself to Your Favorite Breakfast

        Get plenty of rest the night before. You want to put your best step forward. Don’t allow yourself to go to the job interview on an empty stomach. Enter in bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and full of energy, not dragging. Show the interview team you are prepared to tackle the toughest task. Enter and exit with a winning smile.

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        6. Just Take It Easy

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          Just take it easy it’ll all be over soon. Every terrifying moment you spend in the interview room is a glorious moment to release. Relax. You have studied. You are prepared. A trick to help you relax: keep your hands under the table, when appropriate, and rub the flesh between the first finger and the thumb in a circular motion. Keep smiling, you’re almost done.

          7. Let Your Personality Shine Through

          Up to this point, all the interviewer knows about you is what has been seen on a piece of paper. In the “Tell me about yourself” portion in the interview, it is the time to let your personality shine through. Talk about how your core values are a match for the company. Askthe interviewer about his or her career during the question part of the interview, or share a passion that you have outside of work.

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          8. Don’t Be In A Hurry

          Take your time. The interviewers usually allot about an hour. Take this time to highlight your career, give tips on how you would improve the company, and discuss what is so special about your career. Think about your answers, even if you have rehearsed ahead of time. Pause before you answer. This makes it appear as though you are thoughtful, but not struggling during the conversation.

          9. Offer Your Assets

          The company is seeking the best qualified candidate for the job. That person is you. An interview is basically the “kick the tires” stage. The interviewer wants to know if you are the person with the best solution. Your job is to “make it so” and convey the type of assistance you and only you can offer the company.

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          Last Updated on August 20, 2018

          Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

          Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

          Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

          I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

          The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

          People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

          I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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          “What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
          “What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
          “What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
          “What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

          After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

          One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

          If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

          Everything takes energy

          Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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          Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

          The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

          Find something that is worth doing

          Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

          When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

          I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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          When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

          It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

          Other excuses I often hear are:

          “But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
          “I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
          “At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
          “Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

          I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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          I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

          Conclusion

          Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

          Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

          Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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