What to say to help a friend who is nervous about interview

If you have a friend who is feeling nervous about an upcoming interview, here are some things you can say to help them relax and feel prepared.

What to say to help a friend who is nervous about interview
Some advice for you, so you can help your nervous friend feel calmer before their interview.

If you have a friend who is about to go on an interview and they are feeling nervous, there are some things you can say (or text them) to help them calm down and feel more confident.


Words you can use to help a friend feel more prepared and confident for their big interview day

When it comes to interviews, preparation and confidence are key.

Here are a few words of encouragement you can use to help your friend feel more prepared and confident for their big day:

  1. "You've got this! You're well-prepared and you know your stuff. Just relax and be yourself - they'll love you for it."
  2. "I know you're nervous, but just remember that the interviewer is just another person. They're not out to get you, so try to relax and enjoy the conversation."
  3. "This is an amazing opportunity for you, so make sure that you really sell yourself. Be enthusiastic about your skills and experience, and don't be afraid to show off a little bit."
  4. "Remember that the interview is a two-way street - they want to see if you're a good fit for the company as much as you want to see if the company is a good fit for you. So ask questions too!"

Going beyond just good: How to be excellent at being a supportive friend in their interview process

When a friend is going through the interview process, it can be difficult to know how to best support them.

Here are a few tips on how to be an excellent supportive friend during this time.

  1. First, it’s important to make time and making yourself available for your friend emotionally. This means being available to listen and offer advice when needed, but also knowing when to give space. It can be tough watching someone you care about go through the stress of interviews, so make sure you check in regularly and let them know you’re there for them.
  2. Second, you can help by being a sounding board for practice questions. Ask your friend if they want to run through some questions together before their big day. This will not only help them feel more prepared, but will also give you an idea of what they’re likely to be asked so that you can better support them on the day of their interview.
  3. Third, remind your friend not to apologise to the interviewer if he or she is visibly nervous. It is okay to feel nervous, "sorrys" are not required. Some stuttering or fidgeting is normal and natural during an interview. Draw focus away from the feelings of anxiety.
  4. Finally, don’t forget the power of being "un-annoying" in your positive reinforcement! A little encouragement goes a long way, especially during times like these. But don't go overboard and keep haunting them with your encouragement. Regulate. Moderate. Send your friend good luck messages before their interviews and celebrate with them after each one—regardless of whether or not they get the job in question. Go with them. Play along. The journey is just as important as the destination!

Encouraging words to boost your friend's confidence right before entering the interview room

Your friend is next in line to enter the interview room and you get a WhatsApp message saying that they're feeling nervous. You want to say something to boost their confidence, but you don't want to to type back.

Here are some encouraging words you can send them that will help your friend feel prepared and confident going into their interview:

  1. You've got this. You're smart, talented, and capable.
  2. We've already practised day and night. You are already super prepared, don't worry!
  3. The interviewer is going to be impressed by you.
  4. Just be yourself and relax.
  5. You know your stuff. Now go show them what you've got.
  6. You're well-prepared for this interview and you're going to do great.
  7. Just stay calm and focused, and let your knowledge shine through.
  8. This is just a conversation. It's not a test or a competition.
  9. Just relax and be yourself, and the rest will fall into place.

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