5 Tips To Calm Your Interview Anxiety
Five stress-relief exercises that will help calm your interview anxiety
I still haven't met the person who isn't nervous going into a job interview. I was a nervous wreck when I went into my first job interview. I didn't get the job, probably my nerves had something to do with it. But truth is, no one likes to be judged, but like it or not, that is exactly what a job interview is: a judgment zone. It’s also your chance to show that you’re the right person for the job, but if you’re not confident that you’ve got what it takes, the interviewer won’t be either. A lot of people feel their anxiety sabotages their chances at getting the job. Fortunately, there are ways I have learnt to deal with my anxiety. And I have tweaked it to help also with job interview anxiety. So you can cross nervous off your list.
Do a mental dress rehearsal
Before an interview, most of us practice answering interview questions. This is not bad as most career experts advise this. But there is another kind of rehearsal that will d you a whole lot of good before an interview. This rehearsal is all in your mind and it prepares you in a different way.
Imagine yourself successful at the interview. Research shows that experiencing success increases our confidence, even if that experience is imagined. Make yourself comfortable, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and allow your muscles to relax. See yourself as calm, focused, and prepared—confidently answering any questions throughout the successful interview. Allow yourself to feel strong, confident, and proud while visualising your successful interview.
Listen to a motivational playlist
When I am feeling nervous or anxious about anything I listen to music. The best is my Monday morning motivational playlist that gets me ready for work or motivated for anything. You should star in your own Carpool Karaoke, listening to your own motivational playlist on your way to the interview. Music can easily get you in a place of confidence and don't forget to make to the song as this is also a confidence booster. Pick a song or songs that connect you with your best self will allow you to fully experience power in the moment, and then you can go in and crush that interview.
Give yourself a pep talk
Some people believe talking to themselves is crazy, but to crush that interview you might have to look crazy. You need to give yourself a pep talk before an interview to get in the right headspace.
You should personalise your pep talk: use your own name. Research suggests that it helps you to distance yourself a bit from the situation, and instead of getting caught up in the anxiety of it, can help you to have a greater sense of perspective.
And don't worry if they call you crazy, everyone talks to themselves.
Watch funny videos
When I am nervous, Steve Harvey and Instagram funny videos are my go to. There’s a benefit to watching a few funny videos before you head into your interview. Having a good belly laugh relaxes you and puts you in a better mood. It has also been linked to reduces in certain stress hormones in the body.
Exaggerate your fears
This might sound like the absolute opposite of a calming exercise, but as you’re preparing for your interview, ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen…then amplify it.
“Most people try to stifle anxious thoughts with positivity, but voicing your worst fears is more effective. The exaggeration method allows you to laugh at yourself and regain a practical perspective.
So think about what you fear most. Is it blanking on a question? And you may just calm those jitters by having the experience in the safety of your own home.
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