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Career Services Provides Tips For Counteracting Interview Anxiety
10.23.13 |
Located in the Center for Student Engagement in the Mund College Center, the Lebanon Valley College Office of Career Services offers a variety of online resources and career counseling sessions, encouraging students and recent graduates to become active participants in developing and implementing their career plans and graduate school pursuits. Topics include resume and cover letter assistance, tips for networking and connecting with alumni, and mock interviews.

For many students seeking an internship or job, the interview process is considered most daunting. According to Sharon M. Givler, director of Career Services at LVC, uneasiness is a natural feeling. “The stakes are high, the competition is tough, and the pressure to prove your value and worth is strong. Who wouldn’t students find themselves anxious?”

In order to counteract nervousness, Givler provided a list of tips for interviewing:
  • Remember that an interview is not an interrogation; it’s a conversation. Realize that you are not likely to be interviewing if the organization didn’t think you could do the job. 
  • Prepare for the interview. Practice your handshake and good eye contact when speaking. Prepare an outline of the points you want to make related to potential questions. Practice your responses aloud and get some feedback from others. 
  • Learn to tell many short stories about your accomplishments. Show how you have responded to a crisis, exhibited leadership, learned from a mistake, or functioned as part of a team. These examples help demonstrate to an employer how you will perform in their organization.
  • Do your homework on the company. It’s relatively easy to convey confidence in an interview when you are prepared. 
  • Relax. Do whatever you need to do to calm yourself. Breathe deeply, listen to music, or do yoga before the interview. You also can keep yourself relaxed by attending to driving directions, building/office location, and parking options well in advance of interview day. Taking care of these items permits you to arrive unhurried and in plenty of time.
  • Smile! Positivity and energy are initially conveyed in your facial expression. 

To schedule an appointment with a career services counselor, students should call 717-867-6560 or email careerservices@lvc.edu. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Additional resources are available at www.lvc.edu/career-services



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