Do you like being judged? No one likes the feeling of having someone else examine them thoroughly and decide if they approve. In any job interview, you’re essentially being graded on who you are as a person and if you’re deserving of a company’s money. It’s stressful, and unfortunately that anxiety can actually prevent you from impressing the interviewer and landing the job.
How to Stay Calm in a Job Interview?
See our 4 post series on Job Interview Anxiety reduction.
Luckily, there are several tips and strategies that can help you stay calm through a job interview. These will allow you to show you are confident, making you more likely to get the job. These include:
1. Practice, Practice, Practice
First and foremost, you have to practice. Practice mock interviews, practice answering questions – even practice shaking hands. The truth is that the more you practice, the more likely you will not find the interview as intimidating. Practice is the number one tip to stay calm through the interview.See our 4 part series on how to get the best out of mock interviews.
2. Start Strong
Calmness is not always in how you feel. Sometimes it’s how you act. Start the job interview as strong as possible so that you get off on the right foot. Openly shake hands and start talking confidently even if you don’t feel confident. Fake it till you make it!
3. Run/Exercise First
Another interesting strategy is to go for a big run a few hours before the job interview. Anxiety and stress are excess energy in your body. If you’re drained of energy, you won’t be able to feel as much anxiety and stress because your body doesn’t have the energy to create it. Drain your body of all excess energy, and your stress levels will decrease.
4. Create an Action Plan
Finally, one of the reasons that job interviews are so pressure filled is because people overly depend on them. In order to reduce that pressure, you should have an action plan before and after the interview. The day before the interview in-between practices, apply for a couple more jobs. Once the interview is over, go home and apply for some other jobs. Keep your options open so that no single interview is that important.
Practicing is genuinely the best way to stay calm during an job interview, but there are other strategies as well that can be very effective. Staying calm isn’t vital, but you do want to reduce nervousness so that you can provide clear answers and show confidence to the employer.
COMMENT BELOW: Do you have any other tips for staying calm during a job interview?