5 Ways to Stay Calm for a Job Interview

It’s normal to be nervous about a job interview, especially when it’s a position you really want. Imagining a face-to-face meeting with a potential boss and thinking about the questions they might ask can wreak havoc on your nerves and lead to anxiety. It is often the unknown that takes you down the path of uncertainty. But there are simple ways to control your stress and keep your nervousness at a manageable level. Going into an interview fully prepared and as relaxed as you can be shows an employer that you’ve got what it takes to do the job.

Below are five tips to help you calm down and decrease anxiety before you take the hot seat.

1. Rest Up
Get a good night’s rest the night before your interview. Don’t eat too late, avoid alcohol and get to bed early to get a full night’s sleep. You want to be fully rested and engaged when you walk through the doors for the interview.

2. Practice
Visualize the interview. What questions could they ask? How will you respond? How many people will be in the room? What if you don’t have an answer? Thinking through different scenarios will help you process how the interview may go, and allow you to think through answers.

3. Deep Breaths
Breathe. It sounds so simple. When you are nervous, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Your heart rate may be increasing and your breathing may not be consistent. Try a short breathing exercise to relax you before entering the interview.

4. Plan Ahead
Arrive early to the interview. You don’t have to walk in the building too early but leaving for the interview with plenty of time to spare helps avoid anxiety if you are to hit traffic, have to stop to fill up your gas tank or experience any unexpected issues.

5. Believe In Yourself
Remember they saw something great in your resume and want to learn more. They’re looking for the best candidate and are hoping it’s you. Have confidence in yourself. Give yourself a pep talk, listen to music that pumps you up and smile. You’ve got an interview and a lot of others didn’t make it this far.

Extra Tip: Be yourself. The interview is a two-way conversation. You want to learn more about the position and the company culture to better gauge if you would enjoy the position. And, they want to learn more about you as they try to identify the next great addition to their team. Good luck!

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