5 Ways To Deal With Nerves Before & During An Interview
The job search is stressful on multiple levels, and one of the most challenging parts for many is the interview process. Firstly, remember that to get an interview at all is a huge achievement. You’ve submitted an application which probably included your CV and a covering letter. You’ve made it over the first hurdle and now you’ve been selected to attend a face-to-face interview and you are DREADING it. To perform well in an interview, some nerves are helpful, but crippling fear is not going to do you any favours. If you come across as extremely nervous in an interview, it can have a negative effect on your performance which isn't ideal, especially if you’re keen on the role. So what can you do to calm your nerves before and during an interview:
Indulge in some ‘me time’ the night before
Relax. Chill. Cook yourself a nutritious dinner, take a bath and do anything you need to do to get ready for the next day. Perhaps it's a huge gym session that will help calm your nerves that night before. It might include washing your hair, painting your nails or laying out your outfit so you’re good to go in the morning. Being prepared will mean less stress on the day of your interview, leaving you more time to focus on the task at hand.
If you really struggle with your nerves, practice some light meditation. There are a number of really useful apps that give you the opportunity to do this on-the-go (Headspace, The Mindfulness App, Calm, MINDBODY, Buddhify, Insight Timer.) YouTube is also a great place to hang-out if you’re looking for some help achieving a little peace and mindfulness. You can find a meditation video for just about anything on there so give it a try.
Eradicating nerves requires a substantial level of mental toughness. One unpleasant symptom of anxiety is a feeling of breathlessness. This can cause hyperventilation and you can get into a right old state if you can’t control it. Sometimes, this unpleasant feeling of not being able to breathe comes from forgetting to breathe all together, so make sure you’re aware of what your body is doing. Listen to it and take all the necessary steps to make yourself as comfortable as possible.
When we are nervous, all that adrenaline in our body can be a real drain our resources and leave us feeling very dehydrated. Not only is this going to render you feeling totally crap, but it’s not going to help the flow of conversation mid-interview. The last thing you want to do is respond with a mouth full of saliva. You know the feeling. Drink plenty of water beforehand and make sure you ask for a glass of water to take into the interview with you.
Stick your anxiety in a box
This is a technique that is used by many who suffer from severe anxiety. Give the anxiety its own, physical identity and stick it in a box. Lock it away somewhere before you leave the house and every time you suffer a pang of nerves, remind yourself that you’ve left that at home and that there’s no reason to be feeling the way you do.