If you get nervous before going into a job interview, don’t worry- you’re not alone. It’s easy to think that this job interview (and the opportunity it represents) is the be-all-end-all of your career. However, this mindset will just lead to unnecessary worrying, and won’t help your performance. In today’s blog, we’ll give some tips on how you can calm your nerves, and go into your next job interview with confidence.
Remember, You Have an Interview for a Reason
When you are coming up on an interview, it’s easy for the negative feelings to start rolling in. What if they don’t think I’m a good fit? Am I qualified? What if I say the wrong thing? But don’t. If it’s not meant to be, that’s ok! But if they’ve called you in for an interview, you should have a renewed sense of confidence simply from being there.
It’s Simply a Conversation
Going off the first point, it’s common for you to be nervous that you may say the wrong thing. However, this is where people miss the point of an interview. All you are doing is sitting down with someone else to have a conversation. Don’t make the hiring manager or the interviewer someone you should fear. Instead, think of them as a potential future friend/colleague. The friendlier and more natural the conversation seems, the better! Likeability and honesty are powerful factors in getting hired.
Practice Answering Questions out Loud
If you fear you may say the wrong thing… practice. It will help you get a sense for a calm and natural response in a non-stressful environment. One of the biggest problems people have is that they rush through their answers because they are nervous and don’t exactly know what to say. Of course, you won’t know everything that will be discussed, but if you’ve taken the time to prepare, it removes the stress.
Make Sure You Have Everything
One of the biggest causes of nervousness is a lack of preparedness. If you’re not sure what exactly you should be bringing, search the company website beforehand, or do a simple Google search on what to bring to an interview. Having everything you need reduces last minute stress.
Give Yourself Time
Relating to the previous point, tardiness is the second biggest cause of nervousness regarding interviews. Make sure that you give yourself enough time to arrive – early. You want to show up relatively 15 minutes before your interview time. But allow yourself time for parking, locating the building, locating the office, etc. It’s better to be 30 minutes early and sit in your car until the 15-minute mark, then to be racing the clock getting there on time. If you’re relaxed and prepared beforehand, those emotions will carry into your interview.
Stick with us for a second. Yes, this might require more effort, but you can’t fight the natural energy and endorphins that you get from a good sweat sesh. Not to mention it is a natural stress reducer, which may be exactly what you need beforehand. Get your heart rate up for 15-30 minutes in the morning. You’ll be surprised how it makes you feel.
Power Pose Your Stress Out
This one is more beneficially than you think. Studies have PROVEN that a power pose ACTUALLY triggers emotions in your brain to make you feel more confident. Trust us. Try it.
Get Good Sleep
Sleep. Oh, what an EXTREMELY underrated piece of the puzzle. Even if you have the night before jitters, try to get to bed earlier than usual. Feeling well rested in the morning gives you a different sense of energy. The more energy you have the more excited, charismatic and confident you feel. If nothing more, try to get at least eight hours of sleep the night before.
The effects of a deep breath. It can reduce stress and anxiety, and actually calm your nerves. Want to read more on why it does this? Check it out. Then try it out.
Just be Yourself
Just. Be. yourself. That is the person they were interested in interviewing! A lot of candidates believe there is a certain expectation for the type of person a company is looking for. But what they really want is honesty and natural connection. If you are not a great fit, it’s nothing personal. It just simply means it wasn’t a great fit. But if you get the job offer and were 100% yourself, you’ll feel SUPER confident accepting the job knowing everything was out on the table.
There Are Other Jobs
At the end of the day, there are other jobs in the sea. More opportunities will come along, even if it doesn’t seem like it now. Although you may feel really attached to and excited about one job, don’t get too torn up if it doesn’t work out. Simply take note of anything you may want to do differently in the future, and resolve to fix them in the next job interview you go to.
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