How to calm yourself down before an interview
It’s no wonder that the interview is preceded by a tense period. You’ll be walking into a building where you know nobody in, and still need to create a positive impression, by answering the questions and trying to collect sufficient information to decide whether you want the job or not. You’ve to play a role that doesn’t look typically like you. However, always remember that over-stressing out will escalate the issue and makes it harder that it really is. Just assure yourself that being a little nervous before an interview is ok, the interviewers expect that. You need to control your nerves in order not to sabotage your performance and fall in serious interview mistakes that include: blanking out, blurting, babbling, sweating, and fidgeting that will distract the interviewer and he won’t remember your strength points and qualifications.
1)Prepare thoroughly for the interview: by reading the company’s website and preparing list of questions you want to ask the interviewer including the role, the company, the work schedule, and anything else you want to learn about. Preparation will feed to more confidence which will divert your nervous energy into positive averting saying (Um,Uh,Like) and control your body language.
2) Go for a walk: Take five minutes before the interview to walk in the fresh air around the building to release healthy endorphins and clear your head. Listen to your favorite music on the way to the location to freshen yourself up.
3) Prepare the supplements 1 or 2 days ahead of time: prepare your clothes and supplies the night before; like styling your hair or trimming your beard. You’ve to know what you should be wearing and prepare your clothes. Don’t forget to bring a portfolio with notepad in it, a good pen and a few of your paper resumes to the interview. On the pad, you’ll have pre-written the questions you plan to ask. Also, drive to the tended location by the mean of transportation you’re planning to use on the interview day to make sure you know where the location is and how long it takes to arrive and know where you will park your car. Don’t leave anything till the last moment. In addition, arrive 15-20 minutes before the interview.
4) Relaxation and confidence boosting techniques: This work terrifically especially for nervous candidates.
Practice the S.T.O.P Method: which is the ultimate mental trick of Coach Chris Charyk that tackles any stressful situation. It goes like this:
-Stop what you’re doing and focus on your thoughts.
-Take a few deep breaths.
-Observe what’s going on in your body, emotions, mind, and why you’re feeling them.
-Proceed with an intention to incorporate what you observed in your actions.
Visualization: Imagining yourself in the interview room, making a fantastic impression and live the feeling of strong confidence will help you boost your spirits.
Don’t pace yourself: During the interview; If you find yourself stumbling over your words, it’s likely that your anxiety has taken over and you’re talking too fast. Nervousness tends to make you speed up your mannerisms and your speech. It can also prompt you to speak before you consider the question properly. Slow down and don’t be afraid of the pause. If you race to fill every silence too quickly, you’re likely to blurt out something you’ll regret. Don’t feel self-conscious about pausing. Interviewers expect you to pause and think before answering complex questions. If your pause starts to feel awkward, it’s okay to say something like, “That’s a great question. I just need a moment to decide on the best example to share.”
Redirecting questions: Know that you’re not going to know the answer of every question in the interview. As interviewers intend to ask stressful questions just to see your reaction. The best way to deal with these tricky questions is to redirect the question toward a topic you’re familiar with and that underlines your strength points. Stay calm and confident. Don’t let one tough question change the tone of the interview.
5) Don’t fall in the gap of desperation: : No matter how desperately you want the job, remember that it’s just one opportunity. Your entire future is not dependent on landing this particular job. You don’t even know that much about the position yet. Sure, it looks good on paper, but it’s not your only option. From the interviewer’s point of view: Enthusiasm is good, neediness can be a bit awkward. Think about it like a first date. You want to impress and show off your best qualities. You don’t want to seem like a potential bunny boiler who has never been asked out before. No matter what happens, this interview will be a learning experience that will make you a better job candidate and savvier professional in the long run. Focus on projecting confidence and putting all of that preparation (see above) to use. You can’t control the employer’s decision making process, but you can control how you present yourself in the interview. Keep in mind that you are there because they liked your résumé or the impression you made in the screening interview. That’s a compelling reason for you to be upbeat on the day of the interview.
6) Plan something after the interview: as a post-interview reward; such as a nice meal, a massage, or a cinema movie etc. So that you’ll be having something enjoyable to look forward and focus on after a nervous-sweating interview.
7) Have a good breakfast or lunch: A great interview starts with a great meal. For some, this means going the healthy route, something full of those energy-boosting antioxidants. For others, it could be indulging in your favorite comfort foods. There’s no right answer—just make it right for you (and make it food—no one can give solid interview answers when their stomach’s grumbling).
8) Call an uplifting friend: Talk to an energy booster friend or family member to inhale encouragement and caring before this stressful event.
9) Smile: Smiling makes you more confident, even if you fake it. A long wide smile will make the hiring manager like you more.
10) Take notes during the interview: Taking notes during the interviews is great way to discard your nerves. Write down questions that occur to your mind as the interviewer is speaking. Also, take notes of other thoughts and observations while the interview is going on. This method helps you stay rather than getting outside yourself.