3 tips to minimize interviewing stress

By: Katie Gerweck

Interviewing can be a stressful experience, but preparing for an interview can help you get there on time and feel more confident about the process. Here are three simple tips to save you time and cut back on stress.

1. Figure out where you are going

Navigating to the company you are interviewing at can be stressful if you aren’t familiar with the area. Before the day of your interview, enter the address online or into a GPS. This will help you determine what time you need to leave, and familiarizes you with your route. If you are thinking about it, it can also be useful to ask about parking options when you set up your interview, so you know what to expect and can allow yourself time if you have to park a block away.

 2. Take out your clothes the night before

 Not only will your outfit already be assembled in the morning, saving you time, but it will also prevent last-minute panic when you realize you don’t have any clean dress pants.

3. Prep yourself for the interview questions

There’s no way of knowing what you will be asked, but typing “common interview questions” into a search engine can send you in the right direction. Go through the questions yourself or have a friend play the role of the interviewer to practice what you will say. Remember to research the company beforehand so you can be specific in your answers.

Interviewing can be stressful, but preparing ahead of time can help you feel more confident. Although you can’t anticipate every question or traffic jam, these tips can help you prevent a last-minute problem.

Katie Gerweck is a senior majoring in public relations with a minor in journalism. She is the editor-in-chief for EMU PRSSA, and also works as a copy editor for the Eastern Echo. She was the copy chief for the Echo during the summer of 2015.

 

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