How to Relax Before The Interview – JobMindz
We’ve rounded up some simple steps you can take ahead of the interview, that should help to calm your nerves.
Get Some Sleep:
While you might want to stay up late the night before your interview to go over your answers, there’s only so much you can do at this stage. Getting a decent night’s sleep is more important, so you feel calm and rested on the day. If you’re having a sleepless night, avoid the temptation to look at your phone – it will only make things worse. Practice deep breathing exercises, such as the 4-7-8 breathing trick, which can induce sleep in 60 seconds.
If this still doesn’t work, the key is not to panic about getting a bad night’s sleep. You might not be getting a deep sleep, but you’re still resting, and you’ll get there in the end.
Nerves Are Natural:
It’s important to remember that you’ve made it this far – they like the look of your CV and will want you to succeed, so why wouldn’t you? Feeling nervous is all part of the interview process, and remember that every other candidate is going to feel exactly the same as you.
Think about what the best possible outcome would be, maybe you and the interviewer will get on like a house on fire, your presentation goes perfectly and you answer all questions in a confident manner. You might even be invited to the second stage before the interview is even over! If you think positive thoughts, you’ll be more confident in the interview, which will result in a more positive outcome.
Get Some Endorphins:
Whether it’s going for a run, hitting the gym, heading to the pool or practicing some yoga, getting your heart pumping will release endorphins that will help to relax you before the interview.
Get yourself a big balanced breakfast that will keep the stomach rumbling at bay. Don’t overdo it on the caffeine either – this will only intensify your nerves!
Take a Deep Breath:
When you’re about to go in, practice simple breathing exercises. Take a deep breath and inhale for ten seconds, and out for ten seconds. This will help to slow your heart rate down and keep you calm for the job interview.
Get to the Interview on Time:
Allow yourself some contingency time, whether it’s 20 minutes or an hour. This means you won’t get stressed by any bad traffic or train delays and can concentrate on keeping calm. If you get there too early, you can always set up camp in a coffee shop and go over your prepared answers. At this stage, try not to focus too much on your notes – just go over answers, statements and prepared questions in your head so that it’s fresh in your memory when the time comes.
Above all else, remember that nerves aren’t always a bad thing. Think of every time you’ve been nervous in the past, only to realize with hindsight there was no need to worry!
And don’t forget – this isn’t the only job in the world. If you don’t make it to the next stage, there really are plenty more jobs out there that might even be a better fit. Practice makes perfect, and you’ll land your dream job in the end.
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