Everyone gets nervous in interviews. Sweaty palms, light-headedness and rambling speech are natural reactions to being under pressure. However, none of these will help you have a great interview.
The way you present yourself and handle your emotions will speak volumes about your performance capabilities. By following these simple strategies below, you can help eliminate nervousness before an interview.
Also, have a read of our blog How to Impress at Interview to be extra prepared for the big day.
Here are a few suggestions on how you can stay calm and confident:
Even though you can’t predict what you will be asked in the interview, you can practice responses to commonly asked questions. Have some responses prepared to help avoid the “ums and ahs” that can occur when your anxiety rises.
Determine what you will wear to the interview a few days in advance. A comfortable outfit is always better because it relaxes you. Get a good night’s rest and eat something healthy to nourish your brain. Avoid drinking coffee! You do not need caffeine because this could make you too chatty.
In the interview you will need to demonstrate an understanding of the job position, the company and the people you will be meeting. It is appropriate to view their LinkedIn profiles in advance. You can also research a company website and read employee blogs to ensure you feel as knowledgeable as possible.
Learn how to get to your interview location and allow ample time. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. Running late intensifies nerves. If you arrive too early, take advantage of that time and rehearse nearby. Feel free to use the restroom to check your appearance or simply sit down and relax.
Deep, slow breathing techniques relieve anxiety. It also allows oxygen to your brain which will help improve your focus during the interview. Stop what you’re doing and focus on taking deep breaths. Continue this breathing technique until your body has relaxed.
When we are nervous, our speech tends to speed up. Remember to not speak too fast nor too slow. Use your own voice rather than imitating a highly formal public speaking voice but keep it professional.
A warm smile emits a level of confidence and is calming, even if you don’t feel it. Positivity and energy are initially conveyed through facial expressions. Smile like your future job depends on it!
Believe in yourself. Be confident that you are the person for the job. If you don’t think you can get it, you probably won’t. Picture yourself sitting at the desk as the new hire, not the interviewee.
Give yourself a reality check about why you’re there. Take comfort in the fact that you’ve been offered an interview at all. In most cases, this means you’ve already skyrocketed to the top pool of candidates. Remind yourself of your strengths and the reasons why you’re perfect for the job.
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