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Landing an interview is a huge step, but it’s only half the battle. You’ve worked really hard to gain work experience and perfect your resume to reflect the awesome person you are. Now it’s time to prepare to ace your interview—even if you’re nervous.

It’s perfectly natural to be a little anxious about an upcoming job interview. After all, you may feel a lot is on the line. You want the job because it sounds like an interesting change of pace, or it’s just what you’ve been looking for, or it’s a step up in pay. Whatever your reasons, it’s in your best interest to apply your nervous energy towards doing well—rather than working yourself up and psyching yourself out. Here’s what you need to know to get through your interview like the cool, confident character you are.

Ready to get this experience 100 percent right? Take a little time to prepare for your upcoming interview by following these four tips:

  1. Be positive. Your own attitude will take you a lot further than you may think. Tell yourself you’re qualified and perfect for this job. If they’ve invited you for an interview, they’re obviously considering you as a candidate. Don’t be cocky, but do get pumped up—it will help you to appear sure of yourself.
  2. Take time to breathe. During times of pressure, this is one step many people forget. The flow of oxygen is a natural ingredient in relaxation; this is part of the reason yoga is effective at calming people down. Before you go into your interview, take three deep breaths—in through the nose and out through the mouth. Close your eyes and sit calmly as you do so. You just may find your jitters have subsided and you’re ready to enter your interview with a smile.
  3. Make eye contact. Since shy or nervous people tend NOT to make eye contact when they speak, doing so can make you appear more confident. When you meet your interviewer, smile, shake hands and look them in the eye. Then make regular eye contact during the process of your interview. This is a small, easy trick that’s highly effective.
  4. Don’t ramble. Worked up people often have a tendency to ramble—and doing so can lead you to say more than the interviewer needs to hear. Practice answering interview questions with a succinct, yet complete, answer. Just because a hiring manager is pausing for you to say more doesn’t necessarily mean you need to. Know when to say when to avoid nervous jibber jabber—and appear calm and collected.

Just practice!

The best way to ease your nerves before an interview is being prepared. So practice common interview questions with a friend or family member to help you get ready for your big day.

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