This article will tell you how to deal with ‘interview nerves’
That awful feeling of anxiety that can affect us all at important moments in our career and life.
As always, we’ve got you covered!
So the big day has arrived and your interview or job assessment is approaching. All your preparation is done and you have a chance to unlock the next stage of your career, your finances, your life.
This is it!
How you perform at this moment is genuinely important because it can have a pivotal impact on your future and this is why lots of people are so affected by interview nerves and anxiety both before and during their interview or assessment event.
Feeling anxious before a big event in your life is perfectly normal and actually a healthy response to the stimulus and situation you’re faced with. (And don’t forget that a little anxiety will actually help keep you sharp and quick-witted.)
But obviously it’s crucial that you don’t let your interview nerves impact your performance in a negative way.
If you’re so nervous that you feel overwhelmed and can’t think straight then that’s not a great place to be and clearly your performance will be affected in a way that won’t be beneficial.
Interview nerves and anxiety arise mainly through fear of the unknown and in the above article we tell you exactly what to expect and how to prepare your mind and body to ensure you feel relaxed and confident on the big day. It offers advice and tips including:
For a minority of people, interview nerves turn into severe anxiety that can take control to such a degree that they feel crippled. If you find yourself about to cave-in on the day you need to bring out the big guns and control your breathing.
Another useful and practical step to offset interview nerves is to take a toilet break to relax. Seriously, if you’re feeling stressed while at your interview or assessment just head to the restroom (even if you don’t use the facilities). It may sound silly, but having a few moments to yourself in a bathroom cubicle can give you a badly-needed break from the constant feeling of being ‘under scrutiny’.
The simple act of securing a few moments to yourself in private can give you a chance to clear your head and return to the fray feeling more focused and relaxed.
You should also ensure you use your posture and psychological triggers to your advantage. Sitting up straight will help prevent your interview nerves from making you tense and stop your chest getting tight.
Remember to smile often, not only does this project a relaxed and confident image to your interviewers but it sets off a chain reaction of hormones inside your body which will help you feel more relaxed and positive.
This is huge. Get up early if you have to. Exercising not only burns off any negative energy you may be carrying but it also replaces that energy with a supply of endorphines (peptides released by your pituitary gland that produce a feeling of well-being).
Feeling relaxed and confident on the day hinges on the quality and amount of preparation you do. Interview nerves can be banished with the right groundwork.
Practising the tests and exercises you will perform at your interview or assessment day will not only improve your competency, but it will also help you relax as you will feel prepared.
Lots of candidates make the mistake of thinking they don’t need to improve their CV once they’ve been invited to interview.
Big mistake. Here’s why:
They will literally be looking at your CV while making the hiring decision.
(I’ve been in this position many times. After spending an entire day meeting and interviewing lots of people, the candidates’ CVs are the documents you use to remind yourself which candidate was which and also to revisit the candidates’ skills and experience.)
Your Resume summarizes the ‘professional benefits’ of you and is what leaves the last impression.
So one last time: Your CV makes your first and last impression; it’s a crucial document. Make is as strong as it can be.
I hope you enjoyed this article? I’d love to hear your feedback on it and also to learn how your interview or assessment centre goes. Please feel free to get in touch and let us know, thanks and good luck!
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