Beating Job Interview Nerves: Part One
One of the biggest problems job seekers face has to be job interview nerves. The pressure to impress a potential employer, in addition to simply getting the job, can be overwhelming for a lot of people. It’s important to know that job interview nerves can be controlled. How? Preparation.
Preparing for the Job Interview
There are no words to describe how important prepping for an interview is. It’s the foundation on which your interview will be based. If you are going to walk in there, still nursing a hangover from the previous night, then don’t expect too much. Being unprepared will lead to a lot of nervous twitches you never knew you had, not to mention some very stupid answers. If you’ve got all your ducks in a row, then you can march in there and make your first swing a knockout. Here’s how:
Get Enough Sleep
Do yourself a favor and get at least 7-9 hours of solid sleep the night before the interview. Try some herbal tea, hot chocolate, or even some meditation to help shut down overactive thoughts. You want your mind fresh and optimistic. Less sleep leads to depression, a negative outlook, and overall bad karma.
Do a Light Workout
People who exercise on a regular basis tend to feel more relaxed. This is because the body and the mind are always connected; one always affects the other. Physical exercise also stimulates brain activity, which is why fit people usually come off as very happy. Take the time you have to prepare and work in some light exercises, especially a few hours before the interview. It will do wonders for the nerves and give you a slight boost in confidence.
Pay Attention to Grooming
Since the interview is the first impression you will make, always make sure you are well groomed. Get that haircut, shave, dress accordingly, and smell nice. Make yourself presentable and you will definitely feel presentable. Every boost you can give your confidence should be taken.
Breathe And Perform
Learn some basic breathing exercises that you can use to calm your nerves. Buddhist monks even use breathing and meditation to rewire their brains. That says a lot about how effective it can be! Get in front of the mirror, take some deep breaths, and play out the potential scenarios. Go through the typical questions you can expect while adding some wild cards. Speak loudly, tweak your tone of voice, and try your best to visualize the situation. Let those nerves come out and talk through it until you get control.
It will also help if you do a little research about the company you are applying with. Create a list (mental or physical) of prepared material you can use, such as a few success stories or some interesting information about the company. It might just be the difference between getting the job and walking out unemployed. At the very least, you won’t be caught off guard. Practice various questions and situations where prepared material can be used. Once again, this results in higher confidence and fewer nerves.