Interview nerves and anxiety happens to the best of us.
While new comers to the interview process often suffer the most, the truth of the matter is many people no matter how skilled find themselves getting nervous as the interview approaches and must learn to deal with interview nerves.
What is Interview Anxiety?
Interview anxiety is really no different than the anxiety that is experienced by athletes before a big sporting event or by musicians just before they start their performance.
It can involve several physical symptoms including:
- Trembling hands
- Shaking legs
- Pounding heart
- Feeling nauseous
- Shortness of breath
- Sweaty palms
Interview anxiety initiates our fight or flight process in the brain, which perceives we are in danger, so it gives you a shot of adrenalin. The benefit is it can help you feel alert. The drawback is it can lead to interview anxiety.
After this article you may be interested in reading – What to do Before an Interview: How to Relax and How to Calm Nerves
Handling Interview Nerves: How to Overcome Interview Anxiety
Are you getting nervous before interviews?
Let’s look at ways to overcome your interview anxiety and to relax your interview fears so you can make the most out of this interview.
The key is to take control and think positively. When you know you have the tools to reduce or eliminate your interview
1. Relaxation and Breathing
Being physically relaxed will help you to feel more confident and less nervous.
Take a couple of minutes at home before you leave for your interview to roll your shoulders in a clockwise then counterclockwise manner; shake your arms and hands, and then smile. Breathe in deep through your nose counting to five and then exhale through your mouth counting to five. You should be feeling relaxed. Before you enter the building for the interview, once again do the breathing exercises.
Ask yourself how you make yourself nervous.
Do you imagine yourself drawing a blank in the middle of the interview? Or perhaps you see yourself mixing up your word? Maybe you see yourself stuttering? Whatever it is remember this is your imagination going wild. It’s too bad our brains typically take us down the road of worst-case scenarios, which makes us really nervous. It’s time to reprogram your brain. Visualize yourself as the solution to the company’s problem. Visualize that the company has a problem which you have the solution or skills necessary to solve their problem.
3. Give Yourself a Pep Talk
Tell yourself you are going to do fantastic.
Remind yourself that no matter what the outcome you are going to make this interview enjoyable, and give it your best. You can also learn from such an occasion so remember there’s nothing lost here. Make sure you put happy thoughts into your brain. Think of your adorable cat or your dog you love so much, whatever it takes to make you smile.
4. Be Prepared
One of the most overlooked tools is simply being prepared.
If you’ve practiced the interview process over and over until you know it like the back of your hand, and if you’ve memorized your resume then there’s not a lot that the interviewer can throw at you, especially if you’ve taken time to do your homework. Find out everything you can about the company, the industry, and the position.
Just remember you are not alone when it comes to interview fears. You can do this!
“Overcoming interview nerves is little like overcoming morning sickness – eventually it will go away.”