How to Calm Pre-Interview Nerves
Even the most seasoned and confident interviewees get a few knots in the stomach prior to a job interview but for some of us it is downright terrifying.
Do you get tongue tied, break out in a cold sweat, feel like you're going to be sick all over your new shirt and polished shoes?
Here are our tips for staying calm and making it through...
Ok, so we know we're not telling you anything new with this one but it really does help!
If meditation and mindfulness is your thing then you've got this covered. But even if it's not; consciously take a few deep breathes - hold - and exhale. It will help calm you and relax your shoulders and any other tight spots.
You don't have to be a mind reader to predict some of the questions you'll be asked. Take some time pre-interview to actually think about your answers, what you want to say and how you want to project yourself. Make notes if it helps - not to bring to the interview, but often the process of writing things down helps them stick in your head.
What are friends and family for? Ask someone close to do a mock interview with you, where you don't know the questions ahead of time. Practice not only what you want to say, but how you want to say it. Ask for their honest feedback afterwards or even better, video yourself so you can watch and see how you can improve.
Despite the forced environment, remember that all it is, is two (or three) genuine, normal people sitting in a room, talking. Interviewers are people too - they have personalities of their own! They are just like you! After initial greetings, ask them how their weekend was or make a comment on the weather - be polite and professional, but friendly too!
Believe in yourself
You do have something to offer - otherwise you wouldn't have applied for the job and they wouldn't have called you for an interview. All you can do is your best, and if it's not what they want then it's just not the right fit, and something better will come along. You're good. You know you are good. When it's right, all the pieces will fall into place.
This might be your dream job... or maybe you've been unemployed for a while and feel pressure to start something new... but just remember - it's only an hour of your life, and it will not be your defining moment.
Stay calm, be prepared and no matter what happens, the worst case scenario is you've had an opportunity to learn.