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How to calm nerves before an interview:
Nervousness is natural before a job interview but it does not have to last long and more importantly, it doesn't have to effect our performance during the actual interview process in a negative way because that might directly impact the outcome of the interview and which could most probably be, we not getting the job.
How do we get over our anxiety before the interview? well, simply by turning nervousness into confidence.
By being confident, a person appear more in control and delivers better responses to the questions being asked.
So, we will be covering ways to calming yourself and gaining confidence before your interview so you can get that job you love.
Below are some tips you can easily do to get your confidence back for that big job interview.
14 Tips to Calm your Nerves Before an Interview:
1 - Interviews are merely conversations:
You will come across many tips spread all over the internet that could be used to reduce your anxiety. These may include breathing deeply, eating a healthy meal before the interview, being punctual etc, to calm yourself before an interview, and they are all good and very well possibly be helpful too. But, the number one thing any interviewee should be keeping in mind if they want to excel in their job interview, is that interviews are a 2 way street or to put it more simply, interviews are just conversations.
The goal of a job interview is to determine whether both parties are a good match for the position and in most cases, job seekers do not recognise the purpose of an interview, because they see it as a one way street which makes them feel overly nervous before it.
So, the thing you should do is to understand that the interview process is as important to the employer as it is to you and then prepare for the job and it is only after you realise that this interview is as important for the interviewer as it is to you, only then you will start to feel more confident.
2 - Prepare and be Ready:
When you are prepared, as opposed to just answering questions at random and unprepared, you will make mistakes and appear nervous.
So, prepare for the interview by searching and rehearsing basic interview questions. Research about the company and the job description too.
By being prepared, you will look at the interview as an opportunity to learn about the job and will also come up with good questions to ask the interviewer, which will leave a good impression and give you confidence when you are in the actual interview.
3 - Breathing:
As mentioned above, the importance of (Deep) breathing is one of the most mentioned and talked about techniques to calming ones nerves so make sure that you take a few minutes before your interview to focus on your breathing and relaxing.
Taking a few deep breaths throughout the process because slowing your blood pressure and heart rate will help you calm your nerves before an interview.
The art of controlling your breathing takes practice, but once you master it you can manage the way your body reacts in stressful situations.
Continue to breathe slowly and in a calm manner before and during the interview process.
Also, when you breath you are taking a pause which is also good a good thing before responding to the interviewer. Do not give a quick response. Breath, be thoughtful and considerate because only then you are able to give better answers to the interviewer.
3. Talk to someone about the Interview:
Sometimes the best thing you can do when you are feeling too much stressed about something whether it is a relationship, work situation or any thing else is to simply sit down and talk about it with someone close to you.
You do not have to deal with the stress of an upcoming interview alone. You should always talk to someone you trust whenever you feel nervous. You can sit down and share your concerns with anyone you feel like, it could be a friend, a family member or maybe even a professional.
By simply letting someone know that you are feeling nervous before the interview, may just be the thing to calm some of your nerves.
Talking to somebody might just give you that support you were looking for and remind you of your potential and capabilities that you could be overlooking because of your nervousness, and boosting your confidence.
4 - Reverse Counting:
If you are feeling nervous at the last minute before your interview, try counting to 10 a few times, in reverse.
You can try this strategy for a few minutes.
How would reverse counting work? well, when you know what number comes before four, it kind of makes you feel more self assured about yourself and worry less of what lies ahead and that may help you relax. It makes you feel you are more in control.
Keeping this in mind for a few minutes might make you feel relaxed and you'll be able to focus again on your job interview in a much calmer way.
5 - Positive Self-Talk:
Every day you have the power to tell yourself what you want to hear about yourself and want kind of person you want to be.
There is no doubt that what you tell yourself can significantly impact on how you feel about a situation and yourself in general so, be sure to replace any feelings of self-doubt and negativity with positive self assurance.
6 - Be more Enthusiastic:
Another method of handling job interview nerves is to consider interviews as an opportunity, because what happens when you change your perspective is you turn your nervous feelings into motivation and excitement.
It is obvious that hiring managers prefer people who show enthusiasm for their jobs and have a positive attitude so, If you are feeling nervous, try your best to not show this to potential employer.
Show them your best self, maintain good eye contact, sit up straight and smile.
An engaged employee is one who shows enthusiasm during the interview, so show excitements, enthusiasm and confidence.
7 - Exercise:
Practising any physical exercise before a big interview is an excellent way to boost your mood and relax. It is a well known fact that after you have exercised, endorphins are released and that makes make you feel calmer, more relaxed and happy.
You can choose any form of exercise you like to deal with your interview nerves, for eg. weight training, running, swimming, sports, yoga, etc. However, it is best advised to schedule the exercise a night before the interview.
Having exercised, It is likely that you'll wake up the next day with fewer nerves to handle with than you did the night before.
8 - Caffeine should be avoided before your interview:
Drinking too much caffeine before an interview can make you feel anxious which can hinder your ability during the job interview, so be careful to not have too much caffeine especially, if you are already feeling anxious.
If you drink too much caffeine, you can appear to be more nervous to others and may feel less confident.
When it comes to drinking coffee, finding a balance is the key because when it comes to answering questions, you want to be enthusiastic, not tense.
Make sure you have a cup of coffee or tea that has the right amount of caffeine when you plan to attend a job interview.
In-short, it is recommended that you do not consume more caffeine than you would normally consume before an interview, as this is likely to affect your ability to answer questions and also affect your body language.
9 - Practice at Home for interview:
The best way to succeed in an interview is to practice answering questions at home.
You can calm your nerves and work out any weaknesses by practising the interview questions before the big day.
Practice in front of a mirror or a friend. If you prepare beforehand, you will feel less nervous during the actual interview and you will be more likely to get hired.
Take a look at common interview questions, such as why you are seeking a new job, why you left your last job and what your strong points are etc.
Next, write down your thoughts on each and make sure you hit the key points by practising a few questions later.
Remember, don't memorise answers. In an interview, you are more likely to increase tension because you are too focused in trying to remember your exact answers.
Your preparation for the interview is complete once you have identified the key questions and practised them out loud.
Try this techniques of practising because it sure does work.
10 - Eat a Good Meal:
A job interview is not easy and requires energy so, make sure you eat a healthy and a filling meal before the interview.
Have a satisfying meal, then sit at the table for five more minutes afterward to ease pre-interview nerves and take some deep breaths. It helps.
12. Listen to Music:
Listening to music before a job interview can also be a good idea.
Before your interview, try listening to slow and calm music, perhaps music without any words or any music you may like.
Try to relax with the music with your eyes closed, take a deep breath and don't think much for a few minutes.
listening to music that slows your heart rate before you enter the interview room or online meeting, will ensure that you feel more confident and relaxed.
13. Right Clothes:
If you choose the right clothing for your interview, it will give you a boost that can help you remain calm and confident.
If you get nervous easily, the right kind of clothing can help you look confident and comfortable during the interview, and you won't feel too hot or anxious during the process.
If you look good, you feel better and confident.
14. Stop Worrying:
There is a common tendency about stressful situations such as job interviews, and that is they appear to be more dangerous than they actually are.
There is nothing wrong about feeling nervous before an interview, but you have to remember that this interview situation isn't life-threatening or the end. Interviews are merely business conversations to determine whether both parties are a good match for the position and if this one job interview does not work, there are plenty other jobs and career opportunities.
So, you should stop worrying.
Anxiety medication for severe interviews:
If your anxiety levels before an interviews are debilitating, Propranolol can be prescribed and it is generally considered safe to take, but make sure that you consult a physician before taking this medication.
Propranolol is a beta-blocker that requires a prescription. There are many uses Propranolol apart from treating anxiety, such as heart disease and other illness.
The following physical stress symptoms are believed to be reduced by taking propranolol 10mg tablets:
- Suffering from excessive sweating.
- Fast heartbeats are a sign that something is wrong.
- Breathing rapidly for a few seconds.
- A feeling of trembling or shaking.
A pharmacist or doctor is best suited to prescribe the right amount of Propranolol for you and it worth noting that Propranolol is available in pill, tablets and liquid form.
By following the above tips before your interview, you will be best equipped to handle the actual interview.
Following the above tips will allow you to feel comfortable during the interview and relax your nerves because as discussed above, the purpose of a job interview is to determine if this is a good fit for both parties, so don't be afraid as both you and the interviewer are on the same boat. Keeping this in mind will help you feel more confident in your interview.
Still, things can go wrong so stay calm during the interview because the more relaxed you are the better are your chances for success.
Remember, you are not alone in feeling nervous before an interview, so just relax, breathe and remember to follow some of the tips mentioned above.
When you master the art of controlling your nerves and staying calm before your interview, your performance will not only get stronger, you will also be getting and crushing many more job offers and interviews.