Afterall, the person you’re speaking to in this interview is there to judge you. They need to determine if you’re the right person for the role, and that’s enough to crank up anyone’s nerves.
If it helps, you’re not the only person to feel stressed before an interview. One study found that around 92% of US adults feel anxious about job interviews. It’s natural.
To Relieve Stress
Start with a Mental Dress Rehearsal
Research demonstrates that experiencing success increases our feelings of confidence, even if we’re just imagining an interview going well.
With that in mind, close your eyes and walk through what it might look like if you were to go through the interview successfully, answering questions perfectly every time. Imagine yourself looking calm, prepared, and confident, as you answer question and ace the interview.
If you get any sparks of creativity about how you can improve your interview experience, make a note to come back to them later.
Create the Perfect Playlist
Choose songs that make you feel good, and play them in the morning before you head out for your interview.
It might also be worth setting up a similarly positive playlist for after the interview, so you can wind down again.
Give Yourself a Pep Talk
Most people don’t realize it, but we tend to spend a lot of time putting ourselves down and not as much time building ourselves up.
Chances are, if you’re panicking about your upcoming interview, you’re thinking about the experiences that didn’t go so well for you in the past, or you’re telling yourself how hard it’s going to be to compete against other candidates.
What would happen if you flipped the script and reminded yourself how great you are instead? Let yourself know that you deserve this role just as much as anyone else.
Focus on re-affirming your skills and talents and reminding yourself of what makes you good for this job. You’ll feel better, and you’ll come up with some great ideas on how to respond to questions your interviewer might ask about your suitability for the role too.
Prepare for the Worst
So, ask yourself what you’re going to do if that happens. The answer is probably just “look for something else and try again.”
You can also go through some other fears that are worrying you about the interview and come up with ways to prepare for them. For instance, if you’re worried about not having an answer to a question, learn how to cover your tracks when this happens. You could even have an interview cheat-sheet ready in your pocket, just in case.
Plan for What’s Next
You can even plan for some productive things to do when the interview is over, like applying for other roles just in case, or talking through the interview process with your friends to make yourself feel better about any hiccups that might have happened.
Looking forward to what comes after the interview will stop you from feeling too frozen in fear by the event itself to focus properly.
About the Author
Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.
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