How to Address Interview Anxiety
It is entirely normal to feel nervous prior to an interview. Interview anxiety is a common problem facing many leaders in the industry. The dreaded wait can get the palms sweaty and the heart racing. Here are six ways to reduce interview anxiety so you can feel calm and confident before your important meeting.
Stay Away from Excess Caffeine and Refined Sugars
Caffeine and refined sugars can be useful when you need a quick pick-me-up but too much can cause your body to crash. Studies show excess intake can exacerbate the feeling of anxiety or stress. One to two cups of your favourite java is the maximum recommended dosage.
Pick Your Outfit Ahead of Time
The way you present yourself is extremely important. When you look good, you feel good and the interviewer definitely takes notice. Nothing speaks of confidence like a dashing suit or pantsuit. Looking the part is key to feeling the part. However, fussing over which coloured tie to wear, or which blouse goes best with your shoes, isn’t going to inspire that confident demeanour you’re after. Make sure you pick (and iron!) your outfit ahead of time so that nothing will get in your way.
Listen to Music That Will “Pump” You Up
Which artist really gets you going? Is it Drake? Migos? Maybe it’s a little Zeppelin or Rage Against the Machine? Whatever your choice, listen to an artist that will energize you. Studies show, music can alter our mood. Just maybe stay away from that Adele record.
Plan Your Commute Ahead of Time
Being late is not a good start to your interview and not what the interviewer would expect of their potential employee. It has happened to us all at one time or another. Roadwork, delays on the train and accidents are a common occurrence. Plan your commute ahead of time so that you’re less likely to hit a snag and turn up red-faced at the interview.
Rehearse the Interview with a Friend
Rehearsing some potential interview questions with a close friend can work wonders for settling the nerves. If you’ve already answered questions once before, you’re less likely to be perplexed if you hear them again. There are plenty of websites that offer classic interview questions. “What can you tell me about yourself?”, “Why do you want to work here?”, and “Where do you see yourself in five years?” being just a few of the most common. Plan your answers and receive feedback from your friend. It will improve your response and reduce those nerves.
Last but not least, remember to breathe! Interviewers are people just like you and I. The questions they ask aren’t meant to trick or intimidate you (if they are, you’re applying for the wrong job). Employers genuinely want to understand if you’re a fit for the position. This is easier said than done, but try to relax as best you can. A big part of that is remembering to breathe. Big breathes, in and out, will help your body relax.
Now go get ‘em tiger!
Maz Artang is the founder of Aughdem Recruitment. When he’s not helping people find the perfect career opportunity, you’ll find him travelling the globe or catching the latest flick. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.