As discussed in our previous article, attending an interview can be very nerve-wracking. Interviews can be so nerve-wracking that it can give us sleepless nights and even make us ill. That means combating these nerves and overcoming them is vital for our health. It’s dangerous putting ourselves in a situation where our mind and body are out of control – it can really be detrimental to our health in the long run.
All that being said, what can be done to help overcome those troubling nerves when an interview is scheduled for around the corner?
Well, first and foremost, you are expected to be nervous. If you’re not nervous then it may suggest that you don’t want the job that much and you’re actually not that bothered. However, the interviewer who is interviewing you will not like to see those nerves after a few minutes of meeting you, so always compose yourself, think logically and act calmly.
Another way to calm your nerves is to think that the job is not overly important. The world will not end if you don’t get the job and there will be plenty more jobs similar to the one you’re applying for. Thinking in this way will help prevent your mind from running wild, it can be very intense if you start worrying and panicking non-stop about one particular job, and in all fairness, it isn’t very fair on you putting yourself through that.
Preparation is crucial. The more prepared you are the better you will perform during your interview. Equally, the more preparation you do before your interview, you will less likely endure nerves as you will feel comfortable and at ease with what’s to come and what questions you can expect to be asked. Work out answers to common interview questions and do careful research about the organisation – doing all of these things will help to make you feel relaxed.
A lot of people use the power of visualisation the night before an important interview. Visualise the outcome that you want to happen. How do you imagine yourself when you walk into the room to your interviewer? See yourself smiling, bubbly and confident. Imagine everything going well, you are answering all of the questions with affirmativeness and self-assurance and ultimately, you get the job that you want.
Another way to keep yourself calm is to dress appropriately, smartly but in a way, that best represents you. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable as if you don’t, you will not feel confident and it could cause you to feel nervous. Adopt and learn some new power poses before your interview to make you feel more poised. Expand your body and stand upright, sit properly on your seat and hold eye-contact, all of these small but essential things will really make the difference to the way you come across as an individual. Strike some power poses just before you walk into an interview room to bump up your confidence that bit more, it is destined to work wonders!
Always kick-start your interview in a positive way. As they say, always begin things the way you want it to continue. Set the tone and set the scene by being optimistic, happy, confident and down to earth. Employers like to see that a person has genuine qualities and the right traits to fit in with their business and already-established team.
Don’t worry too much about making a mistake. The more you overthink a situation the more likely you are to go wrong or say something out of context. Be a human being, humans make mistakes, so don’t shy away from them and own up to a mistake if you make one.
Write about your worries and what it is you are most nervous about before you go in for your interview. According to research, getting people to write down their worries and fears can really help to get it off the chest, to explode them out in another area so that they don’t crop up during your interview performance. Pressure can really get the better of us so it’s important that we look out for our self, do all we can to reduce pressure and anxiety and to make sure that we do all we can to experience a peaceful, stress-free interview process from start to finish.
Lastly, to help reduce nerves before an interview, it may be a good idea to watch some mindfulness videos on YouTube or read a positive book. It can greatly help in reducing stress in interviews and can help give you clarity, focus and confidence. Let those around you that you consider as role models influence and encourage you upwards during times of stress, don’t feel like you’re on your own and do go through moments of stress by yourself. Listen to some sort of empowering music, a song that motivates you by the lyrics that are spoken. Fill yourself up with a bursting amount of positive energy and boost that confidence to give you a more powerful and self-assured mind frame.
And remember, a problem shared, even if it is by calling your best friend, can really help too.
Here is a saying that can stay close to your heart during the run up to an interview: “Always remember you’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Written by Gemma Smith