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Tips and techniques on how to calm one’s nerves before and during a job interview

Julianne Leybag
09 July 2018 3 minute readShare
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It’s only natural to feel nervous before and during a job interview, especially when one needs to impress their interviewer(s). What are the things that an applicant can do to get rid of nervousness before and during an interview? My Business has some practical tips below.

Consider the following useful tips:

  • Get enough sleep and rest
  • Work out and eat right
  • Simulate your interview
  • Do some psyching up
  • Prepare and have an easy morning/day
  • Being yourself also means presenting the best version of yourself

Get enough sleep and rest

Get enough rest and sleep the night before, or even in the week leading to the interview date. Enough rest will make one look and feel one’s best. Interviewer(s) can see the difference whether or not applicants have gotten enough rest: having enough rest would avoid interviewers seeing applicants with eyes struggling to keep open and answering questions with nonsensical strings of words.

When an applicant is well rested,  one can control one’s thoughts and how they react to and interacts with situations before, during, and after the interview.

Having a quick but calm mind would help applicants easily answer difficult interview questions.

Enough sleep almost always guarantees an alert mind and quick critical thinking skills that will no doubt leave a good impression during an interview.

Work out and eat right

Work out and eat right in the days leading to the interview.

By sweating out at the gym, doing laps in the pool, or even brisk-walking around the neighbourhood, exercising could help release endorphins that can help calm one down during the entire interview process.

Try doing yoga or meditation, as these could help declutter one’s mind and bring more clarity of thoughts and thinking processes.

Eating the right kind of food could also help applicants gain focus. Eating healthy doesn’t need to be costly and shouldn’t take much of your time. Go for fruits and greens and avoid foods with too much sugar or lots of added preservatives.

Avoid drinking alcohol as alcoholic beverages will not only dehydrate your body—which can lead to dry mouth, the dreaded bad breath, and other visibly unpleasant side effects—but can also muddle your thoughts and inhibit you from thinking straight, fast, and clear. Drinking too much coffee could also amplify one’s nervousness.

Instead of alcohol or coffee, opt for a healthy hot tea the morning before your interview or drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. Being well hydrated can bring more clarity and strength to your mental processes).

Simulate your interview

Anticipate the questions that will probably be asked by preparing how to satisfactorily respond.

Think of the probable questions that may be asked and formulate answers that are informed, pragmatic, and optimistic. Practising answering interview questions aloud also helps. Hearing yourself answering questions can help applicants come up with appropriate and cohesive answers and makes sure delivery is as flawless as possible.

Do some psyching up—remind yourself you got this!

When solely thinking and focusing on a successful outcome, chances are the mind will help achieve one’s thoughts. Prepare if oneself psychologically by using visualisation techniques to train one’s mind. Prepare and have an easy morning/day

Wake up early. Provide ample time to eat a healthy breakfast, shower, and dress up for the interview. Prepare the documents that are needed in the interview, such as copies of one’s latest résumé and/or curriculum vitae and a portfolio of your sample works.

Anticipate unexpected circumstances, like experiencing being stuck at heavy road traffic, failing to find the right office address, finding parking for your car and allotting time for possible delays due to long lines on the elevator to the floor of the office where the interview would commence. It may seem trivial, but if one doesn’t prepare for these situations, the interviewer(s) perception of the applicant can change and may affect the chances of getting the job they applied for. Surely, no employer would hire a frequently late employee. Being yourself also means presenting the best version of yourself

Make sure to be at one’s best during the entire interview. by being yourself and believing in one’s strengths. When one feels confident, that confidence will shine through as proof of how knowledgeable one is and how valuable an asset one can be to their organisation.

Presenting the best version of yourself means using one’s sharp intellect to answer in a practical but optimistic delivery while observing restraint and propriety.

Avoid unnecessary and pompous words—show, that, as an applicant, you are the right person for the job and that you will deliver once hired.

Tips and techniques on how to calm one’s nerves before and during a job interview
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