Job interviews should be easy. After all, you’re telling someone about the topic you know best—yourself. Nobody knows more about your strengths, skills, and past work than you do.
Yet many candidates get so nervous during an interview that they make mistakes. They exhibit poor body language, forget to talk about the topics they wanted, or get tongue-tied. Often, they leave the room unsure of what, exactly, went wrong.
If that sounds familiar, there’s a reason you’re so nervous. Job interviews are a high pressure situation, because your career and finances depend on your ability to make a good impression. But it’s hard to make a good impression when you don’t know who’s going to be in the room or what questions they will ask. That’s a scary situation to be in.
The only way to overcome your fear is to prepare. These 21 tips help you prepare for your next interview from start to finish, so you can walk into that conference room with confidence.