Want to Appear Calm at IT Job Interviews? Slow Down.

Interviews for IT jobs can be pretty nerve-wracking for IT contractors.  No matter how much their IT recruiters and IT staffing agencies prepare them, IT consultants may still feel very nervous on the day of their job interviews.  Plenty of people, including your technical recruiters, IT staffing firms, friends, family, etc can give you their advice on how to calm down.  But there’s one thing you can do to appear calm, even if none of this advice works: Slow down.

Being nervous tends to make people do everything quickly: speak, move, breathe, you name it!  So to minimize the appearance of stress, make a conscious effort to do everything a little bit slower.  Take your time when you speak.  Think a minute before responding to questions from your interviewer.  Make sure your breaths are deep and slightly slower.  You don’t want to appear as if you’re in slow motion, but making an effort to slow down your actions, words, and breathing will help you appear calmer.  It will also likely help to actually make you calmer.  Focusing on this tactic, rather than how nervous you are, will ease your anxiety.  Try it at your next interview!

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AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.