Job interview anxiety is a social disorder that happens to the best and worst of us. No matter how confident you may be in your skills and abilities, it is not uncommon to find your heart palpitating and speech distorted from anxiety during a job interview.
Nervousness is a human attribute and it’s only normal you feel it when you are about to mount a stage that is important to your career or life like a job interview.
In 2015, a group of individuals discovered that strategies involving acceptance were more effective in regulating anxiety than suppression. This led to their conclusion that it is better to accept anxiety and find ways to regulate than to try to suppress or avoid it.
This article is not going to tell you how to get rid of your nervousness or interview anxiety, on the contrary, this article aims to teach you things you must do before and during an interview to regulate your anxiety, overcoming the nervousness that might keep you from acing that job interview and getting your dream job.
If you have experienced nervousness during an interview or you think you may experience it in an upcoming job interview, the following tips will help you cope and regulate your job interview anxiety:
Prepare For Job Interview
Preparing for a job interview is the most important task on this list. There are different ways to prepare for a job interview, all of which are outlined below:
Research on Firm/Company
Job candidates should take time out before an interview to make their personal research on the firm they are applying to. Check their websites and social media pages to get a feel of their culture, their objectives, their goals and how they align with yours. Check pictures that include the office spaces as this helps to familiarize your mind with the environment because you are less likely to get nervous in a place you are familiar with
Research on Potential Job Interview Questions and their Appropriate Answers
Majority of the questions asked in an interview have been asked before and many are lying around on the internet. HR personnel often look up their interview questions on the internet too. Be precise with your search.
Research on Yourself
When companies are not asking you questions about how you can add value to their organizations, they are most likely asking you questions about yourself. In fact, the most common interview question is ‘Tell me about yourself’. Getting familiar with yourself is a great way to beat out nervousness during an interview and answer self-awareness questions confidently. Before going for a job interview, take time out to engage in some self-awareness exercises, like a SWOT analysis test. What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses? This helps you answer self-awareness questions. Identify and write down your strengths to boost your confidence before a job interview. Identifying and writing down your weaknesses also helps to become aware of the areas you need to work on. Many self-awareness exercises can be found on YouTube, Google and other parts of the internet, use them to your advantage
Research On Questions to Ask Your Job Interviewer
Make a list of questions you want to ask your interviewer at the end of the interview. Interviewers often ask the job candidates if they have any questions for them and many often don’t. Having questions to ask often tells the interviewer you have been paying attention and have a genuine interest in the organization. It is also a good way to project confidence
Find out the 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Job Interviewer
Practice, Practice and Practice Some More
All of the researches you have done become useless when you do not practice. Practicing how you respond to the potential questions you have researched gives you the boldness to answer such questions. Many candidates realize during an interview (too late) how awkward their voices sound to them. Practice responding to interview questions out-loud before an interview makes hearing your own voice during an interview less awkward.
Practice helps your brain get familiar with questions. It is easier to recite your responses when you have practiced your answers. Answering a question you have practiced gives you a confidence boost in your ability to ace that interview
Visualize the Job Interview
Visualization is an important tool useful when preparing yourself for a strange or unknown situation. Visualizing the entire process from the time you step into the reception to when you go in for the job interview tricks your mind into believing it has gone through a similar situation before. This helps your mind become more relaxed and less nervous during your interview. You can check the company pictures to get a visual feel of what the firm is like. Visualize yourself getting asked questions, visualize yourself answering them with confidence.
Get Some Sleep Before The Interview
It may be difficult to sleep on a night before a job interview because of all the nervous energy flying all over the place. You can listen to some sleep-inducing sounds to help sleep or rest. You should be well-rested and refreshed for your interview
A good way to get rid of the nervous energy stored in your body before an interview is to exercise. Could be a light jog or some pushups.
Exercises have also been proven to release endorphin, a feel-good hormone into the body system that makes you feel good about yourself. This is an incredibly useful feeling to have before an interview
There’s no bigger confidence booster than knowing you look good. Looking good makes you feel good about yourself. Dress well but comfortably, you don’t want to be bothered about some tight briefs or shirt during your interview. It also helps to smell good. A good fragrance draws people towards you making them more likely to be friendly with you
Being polite to people you meet is a general sign of self-confidence. It also puts you in others good graces. People like to be respected by others and become kinder towards people polite to them. Anxiety makes us self-centered and a good way to dispel that energy is to focus your energy on other people.
Give yourself some credit, if you do not deserve the job, you’ll not be sitting there at that moment. Confidence is faked if you change subtle things like posture, mannerism, and some other details. Assume the confident sitting posture. Sit up straight with your legs apart and your hands palm down on your laps. Look at the interviewer in the eyes when you respond to a question
Don’t Forget To Breathe
Breathe in rhythm, taking deep and shallow breaths to help calm your nerves. This helps you control your heart rate, helping you overcome any trace of nervousness while keeping you calm and focused. Irregular breathing often does more damage to you, worsening your anxiety and making your speech distorted.
Listen Attentively and Speak Clearly
It is important to pay attention to your interviewer; keep yourself present by focusing on an object in your immediate environment. Think of the interview as a conversation, not an interrogation. Like any conversation you should listen and contribute when need be, this projects a feeling of ease to your interviewer. When trying to gather your thoughts on a particular response, ask the interviewer to repeat his questions for clarification.
It is easy to get nervous and ramble when you find yourself in a situation such as a job interview. Pacing your words, making sure you are speaking clearly and eloquently can help you pass your message across confidently. If after a long speech you find yourself winded, take a moment to gather your thoughts before you speak again. This makes you seem wise and thoughtful, which are traits you want your next employer to believe you possess.
These are the 10 steps that have been proven to help job candidates overcome the anxiety they feel before or during a job interview. Following these steps will not only help you overcome that dreadful anxiety but will also make you a much better candidate, helping you ace that interview like a pro!
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