You should be well prepared for the questions that will be asked, practice your responses, and have some one liners ready to use if the interviewer asks something unexpected. Don’t forget to smile and make eye contact!
In a world where “networking” is often used as a verb, it’s easy to feel intimidated by the concept of meeting new people. That fear can keep you from going out and making connections that could open doors for you.
But there are actually many ways to break this ice with ease, some more natural than others. Here are some tips on how to do just that:
– Use your strengths as an icebreaker
If you’re good at solving problems or doing something well, let them know! promote yourself in a positive way so they’ll want to get to know YOU better rather than shut down because they think they have nothing in common with you. – Ask questions about what interests THEM- ask them what they like to do outside of work or what their favorite food is, for example. If you’re interested, that will come through and the other person will be more likely to want to know more about you as well.
– Actually listen!
It’s easy to feel nervous and say “uh huh” a lot but make sure you take the time to absorb what’s being said and ask questions about it. People appreciate that you’re actually interested in what they have to say, instead of just waiting for your turn to talk or daydreaming about what you’ll have for lunch tomorrow.
If you look anxious, no one will want to be around you. If you look comfortable and happy, people will want to know what’s going on.
Remember that everyone feels nervous at times and it’s okay! Make the best of an uncomfortable situation by practicing your responses beforehand and trying something new. You may find that meeting new people isn’t as scary as you thought it was once you get out there and try it.
Thank you for reading our article about how to gain confidence in a job interview! Remember, practice your responses beforehand and try something new if you feel nervous or uncomfortable during an interview. You may find that networking isn’t as scary as you once thought it was.