Combating Interview Jitters

It’s important to not stress out before an interview. I know, it’s easier said than done, but with a few tips and tricks, you can bring your interview anxiety to a manageable level. Always remember that if this doesn’t work out, there will always be another opportunity.

1. Be prepared

Knowing your stuff helps ease the tension and makes you feel more confident.

2. Be fresh

Have a quiet evening the night before. Have a bath or watch your favorite film – anything that makes you happy. Stay away from alcohol, though, as it’ll stop you having a good sleep.

3. Plan your journey

Make sure you know where you’re going and plan your route. Don’t forget to leave enough spare time for transport delays.

4. Use the right fuel

Eat a good breakfast! Try to stay off anything smelly – don’t kill a first impression with nasty breath. Steer clear of too much caffeine.

5. Take deep breaths

Rest your hand on your stomach and breathe in through your nose for a count of four – then breathe out through your nose for a count of five. You should feel calmer.

6. Think positively!

Imagine yourself at the interview in complete control with a big grin on your face and answering all the questions just as you’d hope. It sounds cheesy, but it works. On the day, remember that smiling releases endorphins that can instantly cheat the brain into making you feel happier.

7. Chill out

If you’re a bit sweaty when you arrive, nip to the loo and run your wrists under cold water and dab it behind your ears. These spots are where the arteries are close to the surface, so the cold water cools your blood.

8. Know your strengths

If you’re aware of your strengths and how they apply to the role you want, you’ll be in a far stronger position to sell yourself.

9. Don’t dwell on it

When it’s all over, don’t fixate on things you wish you had or hadn’t said. The interviewer will make allowances for nerves so don’t worry if you made a silly joke or found it difficult to get some words out.

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