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Oh yes very much so. If you are nervous it is going to show. This nervousness is going to make them uncomfortable about you and even if you tell them what they want to hear they will not hire you because they assume that you would be a nervous wreck in general. They don't want someone like that. In my life time I have interviewed for many jobs. Some of these interviews have gone well and some have not. I have had one on one interviews as I have had panel interviews with five people asking me questions. Some mistakes I have made along the way ( which are always learning experiences ) : 1. Over preparing : learning as much as I can about the company and the position. Believe it nor not this was a big mistake that I made many times. This would make me nervous because I was scared that I would forget everything I studied. The nerves would show in an interview. 2. Over complicating my answers to their questions. It is best to give short answers that are to the point. 3. Not preparing enough. This may sound ironic when compared to point number 1 but your should do some homework about the company and the position just don't over do it. As a general trend what I have come to realize over the years is that the job interview is more about you and your potential employer gauging each other to see if you are each a good for each other. Keep in mind that you also have to decide if you want to work there. If it is a technical position they will also ask you technical questions.Lastly , I have rejected a few job offers over the years when I see that the interviewer is rude or inattentive or asks me personal questions that are not relevant to the job interview.
So you won’t have a career of interviews make you nervous?
People doing the interview expect there to be some nervousness. It would have to be an undue amount of nervousness in order to me to not hire someone due to being nervous.
So as long as you show that you prepared and answer the questions well, it’s not too much of an issue?
Asker: Yes, nervousness is common, almost expected. Making a mistake due to nervousness is not a problem either. Just when the nervousness get to be too much and out of bounds.
The poll results seem to say otherwise?
Asker: I'm going by what happens when I'm interviewing people, and how I do things.
Oh I see. I’ve interviewed people before too and I’d agree with you. So maybe it just depends on the interviewer?
Asker: probably so.
It depends on the job. If you are being interviewed for a responsible and challenging position, they are probably not going to go with someone who is nervous in an interview.Is is a more junior position, they may understand and be lenient.
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