Is being nervous "NORMAL" during an interview?

@mhayfie (241)
Philippines
November 30, 2011 2:30pm CST
When i finish school, I need to find a job. I was then very nervous in every job interview that comes along my way. There was also those times that I can talk or explain myself to the interviewer resulting to a failure of me not being hired. But since I do really need I fake a confidence.Luckily, I land into a job! I've been with this job for a couple of months now, and I can say I am performing well, so our supervisor gives me a chance to do an interview in order for me to understand how does it works. So when I have the applicant in front of me, I see that he is so nervous not because he never have an interview before but he thinks that interview is just really a nerve wracking one. So, I think coming from you guys, what would be the best gesture or action so that that interview would not be so stressful to the interviewee...????
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@thaMARKER (2503)
• Philippines
3 Dec 11
i'm still on my first job and this was the only company who interviewed me since i got out from college. so i cant really tell if it's really normal. but at that time, yes.. i was nervous and shaking a bit. i couldn't answer a question for how many seconds plus i was not using my native tongue so it's kinda difficult. but i managed to smile all the time, trying to relax as if im just talking to a friend.
@aerous (13434)
• Philippines
2 Dec 11
Before in my first Jobs interview I don't feel nervous. It maybe because the interviewer is the President of the school where I finished college. He has many question and after those questions. He advice me to follow him and go to the computer room and instruct me to repair one of the computer and I did... I think the interviewer must be relax and feeling cool when conduct an interview. So that the interviewee not feeling nervous at the moment the interviewer ask him/her any question. The question must be according to knowledge and skills of the interviewee not according whom she/he knows in the company... I failed to land a job. Because the questions is not according to my knowledge but the interviewer ask who recommend me to the company or others ask me whose person in the company that I know...If my answer; I am a walk-in applicant. Then the interviewer telling me. Okay! Just wait our call or text for final interview and never receive any call or text from them...
@bingskee (5234)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
it is expected but it is not normal. an interview is an activity that needs preparation both for the interviewer and interviewee. nervousness is a natural reaction but it is should not be a normal thing because an interviewee must be prepared and that includes having to have confidence.
• India
1 Dec 11
If a candidate attending an interview walks in with a couldn't care less if I didn't get this job attitude, perhaps it may take away nervousness completely. But that's not to be. Because most candidates walk in with a sense of I have to get this job, but will I? Don't know how many people I have to compete against & if there are too many people, the interviewer will be doing selection by elimination; so this thing is going to get on my nerves. That thought weighing on the mind of a candidate makes it nervous. Some candidates happen to find very kind interviewers who make an attempt all the time to make the candidate comfortable. Another exception is in the case of a select few individuals who, by intrinsic nature are very normal, regardless of whether they need a job or not [its an attitude] and they never get nervous.
@vishy229 (27)
1 Dec 11
i have given 2-3 interviews n always gets nervous sitting outside the cabin n waiting 4 my chance but one thing i tried n always been successful ,, whenever u enter d rum n start a discussion try to be on a funnier side dat will lower down the temperature n also eases you a bit n you will feel comfortable...
@Annrose21 (161)
1 Dec 11
Actually we were almost at the same scenario a couple of months ago.. I was a newly graduate and newly registered in my profession when I was subjected in an interview in an institution. During the interview, I was so nervous, not confident in myself that I was dumbfound and grasping for answers to every questions. I was not hired for that first wild try.. Now, i was already working in an institution a month after and there's one thing I've learned, SMILE and CHILL.. So that you would not look stressful to an interviewee, if you are confident with yourself, then they will also feel confident in you too.. remember, a SMILE is a curve that sets everything straight.. Good Luck!!
@GemmaR (8517)
1 Dec 11
I think that it is certainly normal to be nervous before an interview, but you have to learn about things that you can do in order to manage your nerves effectively so that they won't bother you too much in the future. You might find that simply learning how to breathe properly is very effective because a regular breathing technique can slow your heart rate down a little bit and make you feel a lot calmer about everything. If you are nervous then that is a good thing in a way, because it shows that you care about it.
@ebuscat (5935)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
For me yes it is happened but if you worship the only true God Jehovah you called him in your prayers then the nervous became good.
@Gram13000 (443)
• United States
1 Dec 11
I really dont think you can stop someone from being nervous during an interview. I have had many many jobs and i dont think I have ever been clam for one interview. Its a very normal thing and I dont think this will ever stop. The nervousness probably comes from the fear of failing.
@mantis36 (4219)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
i'll try not to remember what did happened to me during my first interview with my boss secretary, i need a job, the whole adrenaline rushing to all parts of my body, all i can say is the boss secretary is more frightening than a ghost times 3 hehehe. Better to work online internet and to have my own small sari-sari store rather than applying again another job from a different boss.
@pahak627 (4558)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
I guess the reason for being nervous is the fact that interviewee is anxious to know the result of the interview whether he or she will be accepted for the job or not. When I first landed a job, I have not experienced an interview because at that time I was accepted because of personal recommendation. That was a temporary appointment in the local government of our city. Then I applied to several agencies and was interviewed. I think I was not nervous at that time because I know that if ever I will not be accepted I still have my present job.
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
Yes! it is normal being nervous during an interview. Many people and even distinguished personalities experienced this. The only thing is you should know how to control it so that you will be able to focus on your interview and respond professionally on the conversation. There are other ways how to combat nervousness during an interview. First, before the interview take a deep breath(inhale and exhale). Deep breathing exercises has been proven to make your stress. Be prepared anticipate what are propable questions being asked. Then you must know the company and position you are applying for.
@davaome (1826)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
i would say, just be yourself and treat the interviewer as a close friend. relax, smile, and try not to drink to much coffee. I had 2 interviews already and all came out with positive feedbacks. i wouldn't encourage you to pretend your someone else, just enjoy a good conversation about yourself with the interviewer and always reply in a respectful manner. Good day to you
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
I think being nervous is normal during an interview since anxiety kills your entire sense. You are thinking of all the possible things that might happen like not having the job or maybe you'll be insulted by the interviewer. You become conscious in everything that you say. For me, the interviewer must give the interviewee a minute to breathe fresh air. Then before starting the tough interview, if possible, the interviewer must ask stuffs, like anything under the sun so that the interviewee will forget everything that he/ she has in mind.
@Genericbe (1376)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
This is very normal, being nervous in any interview. Because, you are focused on the possible questions and how will you react during the interview. Some applicants, really do show even physical reactions like sweating, mumbling words,or any form of mannerisms that divert their nervousness. The best gesture during the interview is to be confident by just being natural like when you talk common people. You must present comfortability and respect to the one's interviewing. Do not be arrogant. Do not interrupt the interviewer, let him finish his lines first. You must answer straight the questions. Sit straight and have that eye connection. Lastly, know how to greet, apologize (if needed), be thankful in that opportunity. Be open minded to any possibility either you will be hired or not.
• Indonesia
1 Dec 11
I had been interviewed several times during searching time of new job. I always feel nervous. I didn't know if it was normal or abnormal. My feet got shaken and my heart pounded. I thought the feeling of anxiety, pressure, fear and not received by the company were the main factor of my nervousness. I always tried to be always calm and not nervous, but I couldn't. I have always been so nervous when I met new people, moreover, he or she seemed interfering me with their question. I just felt uncomfortable when I got interviewed. That's it.
@SIMPLYD (90727)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
Yes, it is very normal to be nervous during an interview. Even those who have been through lots of jobs , would always have butterflies in their stomach when being interviewed. But then, it is lesser in comparison to someone new in applying for a job. For an interviewee to put at ease, the applicant, she should smile at the applicant and have an approachable mode when the interviewee comes. She should at least, make the interviewee , have the choice of speaking in English or Tagalog, if the job being applied is not in line with marketing or communications skills. Ask questions in a manner that can easily be understood .
@ardoy0731 (7308)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
Yes it is normal to be nervous in an interview.We will think for the possible answer for the questions that they might ask.But when it is the actual interview,we sometimes get mentally block due to nervousness.Instead of impressing the interviewee with our confident answer,we disappoint them due to stammering.
@svjomboy (873)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
I think thats the normal reaction of our body some people encountered shaking by whole body, wow i have experience interview for abroad not only nervous,even sweating all my body...after the interview when you pass you really feel relax to your mind and your body.
@Iemon1 (123)
• Singapore
1 Dec 11
It is normal to be nervous. Im always nervous when there's something important up. I tend to not express my nervousness so openly and try to keep it to myself.