Job interview - reducing anxiety
Many of us find job interviews to be anxiety inducing events. For some, this is a real problem as it creates nervousness, the interviewee can stammer through the answers, and get so worked up that they quite simply fail the interview (even before they have started). If you have a job interview coming up, there are many tools to use that will help put your mind at ease, and keep you focused.
Prepare and take notes in with you
Those who take a file and interview notes with them into interview will benefit from an increased feeling of confidence. Remember, taking notes into an interview isn't frowned upon - it's a smart way of preparing for a meeting. Having notes will give you an instant boast of confidence, a support mechanism, and will also ensure that you are much better equipped for each stage of the interview.
Prepare for the interview
Complete research into the company, its market, competitors and what the job you are applying for entails. Try to obtain a full job description from the recruiting manager prior to the interview. Prepare your file one or two days before the interview (giving yourself plenty of time). Ensure you include a copy of your resume, job description, supporting documentation and notes. Know that you will need to sell you skills, and ensure you have these skills noted mentally or physically on paper. Remember, the more preparation you do, the more confident and calm you will be on the day.
Try to relax, it's only an interview
An interview is merely a way for two people to determine if they will be a good match for each other, and the job interview is just a sharing of information. It's also as much about you interviewing them, as it is about them interviewing you. Try not to lose site of this point.
It's so important that you don't worry about your personality, and how you are coming across. Stick to you interview plan and interview notes.
Tips & Tricks to reduce physical and emotional stress
- Practice simple breathing techniques;
- If possible, undertake 30 minutes worth of excercise in the morning (but no less than 2 hours before the interview);
- Listen to relaxing music and calm yourself;
- Do not smoke or drink caffeine for at least 2 hours before;
- Make constructive conversation with friends;
- If you feel yourself getting tense in the interview, be conscious of this and try to relax your shoulders.
Try to learn from each interview. Ask for feedback and try to adjust your style to suit a wider audience. If you still feel interview nerves is a weakness, then try to seek professional help from a trained advisor. It will be money well spent.
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