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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Coppola

Dealing with nerves during a job interview, by Matthew Coppola

When conducting interview coaching, I am often asked by individuals about how they can deal with their nerves during a job interview.

They feel that that they get so nervous and flustered, that they forget what to say, have a ‘mental blank’ and end up either saying something brief and short, or talking extensively around the question.

Then, they feel what they have said isn’t right and start to question what the prospective employer will think of them besides what is written in the resume.

Has this ever happened to you?

Indeed, this has certainly happened to me, as you can read here.

Below is a list of my suggestions on how you may be able to better cope with those nerves during the interview:

  1. Have an introduction to your response, finishing it off with a concluding remark.

  2. If you have a glass of water in front of you, take regular sips before responding.

  3. Slow down your responses – don’t feel you need to rush your answer.

  4. Emphasise certain points, stress certain parts of what you are saying, then take a pause – this helps buy you some breathing space and will also encourage them to really meditate and digest on what you are saying and trying to get across.

  5. Thoroughly prepare, prepare, prepare for your interview before hand.

  6. Get an early nights rest before the day of your interview.

  7. Arrive early to the employer’s location and take the time to sit down and relax.

  8. Read through the job description before your interview and really think about how your skills and experience match with what they are asking for. By having a good understanding of what they are after, you will hopefully feel more confident in yourself and feel less of a surprise when questions are asked of you.


If you are interested in receiving interview skills coaching, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They would be very happy to help.


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