You’re going on a job interview and you’re nervous! No wonder you have the jitters—you’ll be meeting with someone who’s going to size you up. Who wouldn’t be on edge about that?
One way to reduce your stress is to be prepared. Practice answering questions, figure out what to wear, get directions to the interview site, and maybe even drive there so you won’t get lost and so you’ll know how long it’ll take you to get there.
The Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Preparation by Louise Giordano is an excellent resource for making sure you cross all your t’s and dot all your i’s before getting to the interview.
Psychologically you can prepare yourself by thinking of the interview as a kind of relay race, in which you and the interviewer are on the same team. You and she will go back and forth with questions and answers (imagine passing the baton back and forth) until you both arrive at the conclusion as to whether you and the company are a good fit.
I’d much rather play a cooperative game than be in a defensive match. Wouldn’t you?