Personal Career Solutions explains how to calm your nerves before a job interview
Personal Career Solutions explains how to calm your nerves before a job interview Many people find job interviews to be quite nerve-wracking; they allow their anxiety to get the best of them and end up underperforming. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you feel at ease when there’s a job interview looming. A few days, or even weeks before the actual interview, try to get in contact with some of the employees of the company, so that you can ask them about the workplace environment, and for tips regarding the interview process. People will often have helpful observations to offer which will help to quell your anxiety. The night before the interview, try to have all of the necessary documents organised in a folder. In addition to your CV and copies of your credentials, you might want to include information you’ve found about the company, which you can read through whilst you’re waiting to be called. Knowing that you have everything you need in one place will prevent you from becoming flustered and panicked on the day of the interview. After you have arranged all of the documents, go to bed early and try to get at least eight hours’ sleep; there’s nothing worse than feeling exhausted when you have an interview. On the day, it’s best to avoid coffee and any stimulant soft drinks; these can rattle your nerves and make you more prone to anxiety, particularly if you are sensitive to caffeine. About a half an
hour before youâ€™re due to go in, take a short walk. Gentle exercise can help to release physical tension and relax your body before you head into the interview. Just before you walk in, itâ€™s a good idea to practise slow, deep breathing as well, as this will have an immediate calming effect.