You’ve studied all the most common interview questions, researched the company through and through, been awaiting and practicing for the moment to interview for this company and now it’s finally here. Except, now the anxiety also starts to creep in. It’s no fault of anyone, interviews can be a stressful situation. Here are 4 things you can try to calm your pre-interview nerves:
Avoid negative thinking and focus on success.
Stress around your interview is typically influenced by assumptions, and the thoughts we tell ourselves about the process. Identifying these thoughts and countering them can help lower levels of anxiety. Some negative thoughts might include “I have to land this job, or I will be unemployed forever,” “there’s no way I’m qualified for this job,” or “If I mess up one question I’m toast and will never be hired.” Many athletic and job coaches believe that visualizing images of success can improve performance and ultimately alleviate anxiety.
Eat a good breakfast (or lunch).
A great interview starts with a great meal. For most, this means going the healthy route with a meal that will boost their energy. For others, it might be indulging in a favorite comfort food. There’s no wrong answer, just be sure you’ll stay satisfied and your stomach won’t be growling while trying to give solid interview answers.
Go for a walk and/or listen to a motivational playlist.
Fresh air does everyone a bit of good. Getting outside physically will help get outside of your own head. Movement and music are great ways to instantly get you into a place of confidence. Pick a favorite song that will connect you to your best self, experience power in the moment, and walk into your interview with a confidant attitude.
Plan something for afterwards.
You might not be looking forward to having a stressful two-hour conversation with a stranger, but plan something nice for after that will help you power through. It could be a relaxing massage, a date with a friend, or maybe just a trip to the park with your dog. Whatever it is, have it prepared for when you are done and allow yourself to focus on something joyful.
The most important thing to remember is if you don’t land the job, there will be another one. It just wasn't meant to be. Consider it a learning experience and move forward to the next opportunity.