Job interviews are hard. You’re walking in to a room of people who are deciding whether or not you’re about to change your job. It can be especially nerve-wracking when you really need the job. A lot of people have, unfortunately, lost their jobs during this pandemic and are now in a position where they have to find a new job, possibly in an industry they aren’t used to. This can leave people feeling tense and anxious for obvious reasons. Below I share my top tips on how you can deal with job interview anxiety to ensure you present your best self.
Remember That You Got The Job Interview
You are in that room because you were a competetive candidate. You wouldn’t be there if they weren’t already considering you for the job, so act that way. The chances are that your experience will speak for itself and they just want to get to know you a bit better and see if you’re a good fit for the team.
If this is an interview for your very first job you may not have any experience, this is okay too. Talk about your after school activities and your hobbies, they have your CV so they know about your experience in advance. As with above, you got the interview because they are already considering you for the job.
Prepare Well For The Job Interview
Learn about the company, the industry and revise your previous experience. Preparing will leave you feeling more confident about the job interview and relieve some of the anxiety. Practice interviewing with your family, friends or house mates to feel even more comfortable with the situation and get used to answering questions by showing yourself in a positive light.
Look up interview questions online and prepare answers for them. There are interview questions that most employers ask such as “why do you want the job?” or “What is your biggest weakness/strength?”. These are easy to prepare for and once you have an answer you can use it in all interviews adjusting the wording to fit the particular job. Another thing to prepare is any questions you have about the job, they will ask and you should have a question.
Go To A Cafe Beforehand
This allows you to get used to what you’re wearing and have a moment to relax. Take a notebook with you and write down any thoughts you’re having in the moment. This helps you release some of the anxious thoughts swirling around in your brain before entering the interview room.
Don’t order coffee or alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol will make your anxious feelings worse and you don’t want to go in smelling of alcohol anyway! Also grab a small bite to eat. You don’t know how long the interview will last so have something small so you don’t get light-headed halfway through.
Breathing Or Self Esteem Boosting Techniques
There are so many things you can do to make yourself feel better before a job interview. Breathing techniques will help most in the couple hours before the interview. Anxiety can cause quick shallow breathing which actually just makes us more anxious. Don’t let it. You can find some breathing techniques here.
Self Esteem boosting techniques can help you feel better within yourself and hype you up for the interview. If you’re feeling confident, you’ll come across that way. From reciting possitive affirmations to yourself (such as “you are brilliant” or “you will smash this interview”) to the way you stand. There are so many ways to raise your self esteem in every day life.
Pick The Right Outfit
This might sound like the last thing to focus on, but it can change so much. Make sure that you are comfortable in what you’re wearing. If you are uncomfortable you will feel worse about yourself and probably spend time fiddling with your clothes and worrying that they’re judging your outfit.
Make sure you’re dressed and presented professionally. One of the reasons for this is for the interviewers, however it will also make you feel more professional and you’ll find yourself walking and talking in a different and more professional way.
Don’t Get Disheartened
It’s easy to feel disheartened when you’ve have had a job interview that hasn’t worked out. Do not let it get you down. 9 times out of 10 there was just someone who fitted the role and the team better. You will find something bigger and better that suits your work ethic and personality more.
You don’t want to work with a team that you don’t fit in with so take it as a positive thing and continue searching for the job that is meant for you.