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Interview Nerves Be Gone! Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

If you think that regular one-on-one interviews are the most intimidating thing on the planet, you clearly have not yet experienced the group or the video conference interview. I'll bet that one day we'll look back and laugh at how primitive our interviews styles were as we watch our robots do it all for us. Don't laugh – George Jetson didn't.

Back in 1997, I interviewed for a recruiting position for a company that produced major sporting events. Because the hiring manager was in a faraway land, the interview took place via video conference. Talk about intimidating! Back then, there was a delay in the conversation so when I said "one of my greatest strengths is managing large expansions", the interviewer just sat and stared awkwardly at me until he heard my answer. Since then, the technology has improved so time delays are no longer a problem. However, these types of interviews can still be distracting. Try to avoid being horrified at how your mouth moves as you watch yourself on the preview screen. Don't be concerned with what might look like a stain on your shirt or food in your teeth. Instead, try to focus on how you sound, rather than on how you look.

Another special kind of interview is the group interview. On the surface, it feels like an unfair battle – 3-5 people against 1 with each person just waiting for you to slip up. Think of it this way – the great part about a group interview is that it saves you lots of time – you get to interview once instead of 5 times which means that you'll have 4 fewer chances to say something silly. If the group is prepared, they will have already divided up the questions among the interviewers. Typically the interviewers will speak with you one at a time – this feels like you are having a one-on-one conversation while 4 other people are gawking. Not as much of a big deal if you think about it that way, right? If it still seems intimidating, imagine your interviewers each in their underwear like Marcia Brady did during her driving test. Just don't burst out laughing.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Whether it's a group interview, a video conference or an old-fashioned interview, remind yourself that you are the one doing the evaluating. That is, you are interviewing the company to determine if you want to pour your blood, sweat, and tears into their products and services for the next 3-5 years. Do not take this choice lightly. Choosing the wrong job is far worse than staying unemployed – I need not remind you of the many reasons why. So go into your interviews with confidence and credibility and then make your decision as you go through the process. Your future depends on it!
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!