If you were to take a poll from a random sample of people about what makes them nervous, it’s probable you’d see a lot of answers that included the dreaded job interview. We place so much importance on interviews because they are essentially the last step the employer takes before deciding whether they want to give you a job or not. Therefore it’s your chance to sell yourself and show your personality, and the last thing you need is for nerves and stress to hold you back.
A job interview can understandably seem daunting and scary, but luckily, there are some things you can do to calm your pre-interview nerves beforehand and get that high-powered job in the bag!
1. Research the Company and Practice with Peers
Take some time in advance before the interview to research the company thoroughly that you’re applying to, as well as the position. Having background knowledge will enable you to think of answers that will give you an edge, and demonstrate your dedication.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to grab a friend to help you stage a mock interview. Think of possible questions that the interviewer might throw your way and practice answering them with your friend. A lot of pre-interview anxiety can stem from not knowing what’s going to happen, so practicing should be able to clear a lot of this unnecessary nervousness up.
2. Exercise and Eat Breakfast
On the morning before your interview, be sure to exercise if you can and eat a hearty breakfast. It may sound silly, but exercising is liberating and will help your body to work through any tension and feel much calmer. It’s proven that exercising releases endorphins which can automatically help you feel better and more confident about the interview.
It’s also important to eat beforehand as this can help clear your anxiety by fuelling your body up, and also your brain! Undoubtedly your most crucial tool.
3. Breathe from the Diaphragm
Long, deep breaths before and during the interview are the goal. Fast and light breathing can be enough to amplify and worsen your anxiety, so remember to keep your cool by breathing deeply and slowly.
4. Think of Your Interview as a Two Lane Street
You may be picturing your job interview as something that your interviewer will effortlessly glide through even though you will sit across from them and sweat bullets in terror while you have questions relentlessly slung at you. This is hardly the case. In most cases, the interviewer is probably experiencing comparable anxiety. Nobody is 100% comfortable with the idea of sitting down with a complete stranger and having to carry on a meaningful conversation for 20 minutes to a half hour. Consider the fact that your interviewer is probably just as nervous as you are.
5. Don’t Think of the Interview as a Test
Lastly, stop thinking of your interview as a test. In most cases, the interview is merely a conversation used so that both the employer and the job applicant can pick each other’s brains. Yes, this means that you can also ask the employer questions seeing as it is not essentially a matter of you needing the employer. The employer also needs you. That’s why they are giving you the interview after all!
Overall, the interview should be taken with a grain of salt. There are tons of tactics that you can use to cool your nerves before the interview, and you should also always remember that the job in question is not the “end-all, be-all” in most cases. Relax, have fun, and maintain professional etiquette to ensure a smooth and solid interview.
Author Bio: Laura writes for Team24 and provides people with recruitment advice as well as job-hunting tips. The site specialises in healthcare jobs.