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Job interviews bring a range of emotions, from being ecstatic for getting it scheduled to terrified of going through with it. The days leading up to it can be filled with both preparations and anxiety. While you consider your outfit and your answers, try these three ways to mentally prepare yourself for your next interview.

Rid yourself of the negative.

It’s common in your worry to be overcome with negative thoughts and emotions. Your self-talk can turn from encouragement to doubt, telling you there’s no way you’re good enough to get the job. The level of intensity can vary, but if your brain is telling you anything that will hold you back, you need to get rid of it.

Whether you decide to journal out the negativity and confront it that way or speak them aloud to a trusted friend or counselor, make sure they aren’t simply brewing in your head. The longer you listen, the more you might start to believe, making you defeated before you even show up to be interviewed.

Practice makes perfect.

You can’t know what the interview will hold, but you can try to visualize it in practice. Use your past experiences and resources from the internet to assemble a mock interview structure, either mentally or on paper. Run through it and practice until you feel prepared.

In doing this, you’re giving yourself a sense of control over a situation you can’t control. You’ll become more confident in your answers and feel like you’re walking into something you’ve done before when you enter the interview room.

Try and relax.

Ultimately, you need to find ways to help you calm down. All the practice and ridding yourself of the negative in the world can’t save you if you can into the interview as a jumble of nerves. Being prepared helps, but it can’t erase the stress and anxiety from being in the situation.

Focus on your breathing and practice new techniques that can calm you down when the anxiety levels begin to build. This way, you’ve practiced techniques that work, and you can carry them confidently into the interview.

Take the next step in your job search.

Before you can nail the interview, you need to find the right job! Workbox Staffing is here to help. Our unique approach to staffing means we offer more than the other companies and can help place you in the office, warehouse, manufacturing, and light industrial jobs perfect for you. Search our job board today to see the available opportunities!

You can’t know exactly what to expect when you go into a job interview. Each company will take a different approach and you’ll be in varying environments. While you can’t be sure of every specific, there are a few questions you can prepare for in advance. Here are five answers to prepare before you get asked during an interview.

“Tell me about yourself”

Despite knowing yourself, this question might suddenly make you feel like an empty shell if you aren’t properly prepared. This is the broadest version of the question, so it’s important to note the employer usually wants to know about your career and the relevant skills you bring based on your experience to this role. Practice explaining your career before each interview, tailoring it to the specific position. If you’re caught off guard, you may talk too much about personal interests and hobbies, instead of what’s relevant to the job.

“What is your biggest strength/weakness?”

It’s common to be told you should turn your weakness into a strength, but there’s a better way to play the question. When discussing your strengths, tie them directly into the position and how they’ll help you do a great job.

Switching to weakness, you want to use something they would absolutely not affect your work at this company. Be clear in explaining so your interviewer doesn’t spend his or her time imagining the worst-case scenario. It’s important to be honest with both these questions, but you don’t need to rattle off every weakness that might impede you doing your job.

“Why did you/why are you leaving your last job?”

This is an answer you need to have nailed down. If it wasn’t under the best conditions, you want to explain it well, without going into too much detail. It’s important to showcase the shifts in your career and why you think this is the next right step, based on previous positions.

“What do you know about this company?”

Being asked this is both a question and an invitation. The interviewer wants to see how much research you’ve put in prior to the interview, but also what you do with it. Apply what you know about the company to your own interests to help you show why you’re so passionate about the position.

“What questions do you have?”

Even if the interviewer did a fantastic job of answering any questions you might’ve had, you need to make sure you come in with other options, just in case. The more prepared you are, the more it can show the company you’re interested.

Take the Next Step

If you’re ready to be bold and empower yourself for a better tomorrow, apply to Workbox Staffing today. We connect the best employees to top employers for work in light industrial, warehouse operations, manufacturing and clerical settings.