3 Tips to Stay Calm Before A Job Interview
Does the idea of interviewing for a new position fill you with anxiety? Whether it’s being put on the spot, meeting new people, or the high stakes nature of blowing a big opportunity, job interviews can make a nervous wreck out of most people.
To make matters worse, stress causes your body to release hormones like cortisol and epinephrine that reduce your ability to think clearly – an undesirable effect at an inopportune time. Remaining calm is the best thing you can do before your interview begins. It’s also possible to achieve with these tips.
- Arrive early. The threat of arriving late to an interview will cause you unneeded stress before the big event. Make sure you arrive with plenty of time to spare, taking into account traffic, parking, and finding the office within a busy or intricate building layout. When you arrive early, find a cafe in the area to wait out the time before actually entering the office or wait room. Arriving too early to an interview can inconvenience the interviewee, so aim to sign in 5-10 minutes early.
- Breathe. Sounds simple, but breathing techniques are recommended for a number of calming situations since it’s easy to control and can offer immediate results. Learn more about Stimulating Breath, The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise, and Breath Counting here.
- Be Prepared. Do your research on the company and role, and prepare answers to common interview questions. Then, spend some time rehearsing answers, either to yourself in a mirror or with a friend. Once you’ve practice enough answers, your confidence will help counteract your nerves – you’re ready to present yourself in a thoughtful and efficient way.
Need more interview tips? Check out these articles:
- The Most Common Interview Questions & Answers
- Which Questions Should You Ask in Your Interview?
- Sell Yourself to an Interviewer by Solving His/Her Problem