Preparing for a job interview is quite nerve-wracking as in fact, most job interviews are quite intimidating. You want to stay confident, but nervousness potentially arises from the pressure of impressing the interviewer and answering questions correctly, or presenting yourself in a professional. This can always happen even in the most seasoned of people. Fortunately, there are several things that you can control right before and during the interview to help in reducing your anxiety and make you look confident.
Dry mouth, sweaty palms and nervous twitching are just to name several situations that most people experience before and during a job interview. As long as these signs of anxiety do not interfere with your ability to look well during an interview, it is absolutely fine to feel this way. Otherwise, you need to do something to overcome your anxiety before it decreases your career success. Here are 3 tips that you can follow to calm your nerves before and during a job interview:
1. Be well prepared with your interview material.
It is important to research everything about the interview in advance. By doing this, you will know where you are going and can avoid getting lost on interview day. You can begin by researching the job and the company that you are interviewing for. Research them as much as you can and get all your past work experience notes straight. Even if you are quite familiar with the company and job in which you have applied, you still need to get some extra information, so that you can predict what kinds of questions you should ask at your interview.
You can note the questions that you will want to ask on a piece of paper prior to your interview. Familiarizing yourself with what you want to question will make you feel more relaxed and also will make you ready for the pending interview. Also, you can note why you could be the right candidate to fill the job you are applying for.
After listing some of the qualities that you believe makes you good person and employee, you can rehearse some of the possible answers that you can say either with another person or in front of a mirror. Knowing what you want to say will make you ready for your upcoming interview.
2. Be ready before your interview day.
If possible, you can go to the gym, or exercise before going to an interview. Exercise can help you clearing your mind and decrease your anxiety.
Select the outfit that you want to wear for your interview at least several days before the day of the interview. Get something that will make you feel comfortable physically and mentally while still looking professional and confident. It is not wise to try out a new style for an interview. Arrange your clothes for the interview to include brooches, tie clasps, cufflinks, and any jewelry. Be sure that every item is well cleaned, while your shoes are well polished.
Have a healthy breakfast. For example, you can have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, as it will give you enough energy and it has magnesium, a natural relaxer. You can add several slices of banana and a glass of orange juice. These foods can help in releasing serotonin, the “happy” hormone while giving you extra energy. Avoid the caffeine from coffee as it may make you extra jittery.
It is important to bring a cell phone. If something happens and delays your arrival, you can contact the company to explain it while you will be late.
3. Be well prepared during your interview.
On the day of your interview you should try to get an early start to avoid feeling rushed the day of your interview. You can wake up extra early or begin preparing several hours in advance. Remember that if you are in rush, you will tend to feel stressed. Worse, the nervousness from rushing around may make you forget important things such as the address of your destination or an extra copy of your CV.
Prepare for the interview process. Remember that most of your anxiety comes from not knowing what you expect. It is more productive to use that nervous energy to prepare for the interview. For example, you can visit several web sites offering practice interview questions, you can drive to the interview place ahead of time, you can have a copy of your CV, or you can make your outfit ready before interview.
Before your interview session, try to take deep breaths. This will help you releasing some of that nervous energy. The proper way to breathe in is through your nose and the right way to breathe out is of your mouth.
It is also important to set your expectation levels to a realistic level. If you hope too much from a job interview, you will tend to feel disappointed. It will be bad if you go in with a negative attitude but having no expectations could be harmful too.
Try to look confident and don’t forget to give smile during your interview. Do not worry if you still have sweaty palms. You only need something to wipe your hands as probably the interviewers will shake your hand before the interview. Get relaxed and remember that those interviewers are just humans. Probably they are just as anxious as you are!
In short, by doing the right research and rehearsing ahead of time, you will be ready for any job interviews that you are facing. Although entering into any interview is very stressful sometimes, you must remember to relax. By adopting the above practice steps, and practicing several relaxing techniques, you can always be fine on your way for your pending interview.