How To Deal With Job Interview Anxiety

June 8, 2020

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.

If you’re struggling to secure a job interview at this time I have also written a post about writing cover letters and CVs.

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.

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  • Reply Diffusing the Tension June 8, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    These are really great tips! I am so glad I am out of that season. I always found it so nerve-wrecking. I’m sure this will be really helpful to lots of people.

  • Reply Zoriana June 8, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Great tips! Job interviews make me so nervous but breathing beforehand really does help.

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 8, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks for reading 🙂 yeah, breathing helps for me as well

  • Reply Kate June 8, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    These are such compassionate and helpful tips, thank you! I have anxiety issues, so job interviews can feel terrifying before they start. But I’ve found they’re never as bad as you think they’ll be and these tips will help make the whole experience less scary =)

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 9, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you! I hope you find something that helps make job interviews less intimidating.

  • Reply Em June 8, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Wonderful tips, I wish I had known them before my interview! I am so grateful to have a job and not needing to do an interview anytime soon. I am saving this for later though, these are really helpful tips!

    Em x |

  • Reply Jenny in Neverland June 9, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Oh my gosh I have a blog post very similar to this going live this month! These are fab tips. Job interviews can be so nerve wracking. I never used to mind them before my anxiety hit but if I had to go to one now, I recon I’d be a bit of a nervous wreck!

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 9, 2020 at 11:39 am

      I feel the same! I used to be so unphased by them, but now I get so overly anxious.

  • Reply The Twenty Percent June 9, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Love these tips. I’m always incredibly anxious around interviews and know I don’t always perform my best, so will try and implement some of these at my next interview!

  • Reply williake June 9, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Love these tips!I get so nervous before interviews and I love the idea of going to a cafe beforehand to collect yourself and try to relax

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 9, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      Honestly, the only reason I have the job I have now is because I had a small bite to eat at a cafe before I went in.

  • Reply Lisa's Notebook June 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Some great tips here, Jodie. And I’d add that an interview is a two-way process. You need to ask them why you should come to work for them, what they can offer you, and find out how they treat their employees! Lisa

  • Reply femaleoriginal June 9, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Great tips! Job interviews can be super stressful but your tips are really helpful x

  • Reply bournemouthgirl June 9, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    These are some really helpful tips to deal with the anxiety! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply GirlTalk_Central June 11, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Very useful tips, thank you for sharing!

  • Reply glowsteady June 13, 2020 at 12:55 am

    Interview anxiety is awful, but these are great tips. I think going to a cafe beforehand is a great suggestion, not only to do the things you’ve said but also to be close by beforehand. The last thing you want is to worry about being late on top of the other anxious feelings you have. Being prepared is a must, and knowing you’re prepared can be a great comforter when you’re stressing out too x


    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 13, 2020 at 9:44 am

      Thank you, yes I do find that being closer to the interview location helps so much. I actually find the location first and then find somewhere relaxing to place myself.

  • Reply Kelly Diane June 13, 2020 at 9:49 am

    These are some really useful tips. Job interviews can be so nerve racking but hopefully these tips will help calm people down.

  • Reply Kyra | June 13, 2020 at 10:18 am

    These are really great tips! The same can be applied to any interview situations such as interviews for university!
    -Kyra xx

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 13, 2020 at 10:20 am

      This is definitely true! Thanks for stopping by

  • Reply middleagefanclub June 13, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Some excellent advice here. Totally agree on the right outfit. I always feel better if I feel I’m looking better. For me, the right shoes are ridiculously important!

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 13, 2020 at 11:13 am

      Yes, I have found myself wearing uncomofrtable shoes in interviews before and I fidgeted so much!

  • Reply Constance June 13, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Thank you for sharing this tips Jodie, really job interview is full of anxiety, this will help in reducing anxiety when going for job interview. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • Reply Lindsay Stevenson June 13, 2020 at 11:15 am

    This brings back so many memories. I hope I’ve had my very last interview but I’m sure I say that every time. I’ll get my eldest to read this who will be starting looking for apprenticeships soon. Thanks for the tips.

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 13, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Thank you for stopping by! I hope the tips help your eldest secure an apprenticeship!

  • Reply Raising Harry June 13, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Great tips here for any interview, not just a job interview (although I always find these the scariest!)

  • Reply hanmorris97 June 13, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Great post! I especially love the last point, it can be so easy to lose hope, but there are other opportunities out there, just got to keep going xx

    Hannah |

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 13, 2020 at 11:48 am

      Thank you! You’re right, there is always something else out there.

  • Reply Michelle June 13, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Excellent tips! It also helps to remember that the interviewer may be just as nervous as you are. When I first started interviewing, I found it just as nerve-wracking as being interviewed.

  • Reply lucymarytaylor June 13, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    When I used to go to job interviews, I always used to feel incredibly nervous but the more I had, the easier they became! These are some great tips for dealing with job interview anxiety! x

    Lucy |

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      I think practice is the best way to feel less nervous

  • Reply Dynamic Double June 14, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Pretty easy to forget the basics of interviews. I recently had one myself and felt quite nervous about how well I’d do, especially with it being an online interview.

  • Reply Beth June 14, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you for this! I graduate next year and have never had a job interview so have no idea on the sort of thing to expect. This has been really helpful

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 14, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      You’ll do great! Make sure to do research on the company you’ve applied for and be prepared for questions about the role by reading the job description closely!

  • Reply Megan Rae June 15, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    these are great tips! i struggle with anxiety daily and job interviews just make it worse! i’ll remember these next time i have an interview ☺️✨

  • Reply nortoncharity June 18, 2020 at 1:51 am

    These are all such great ideas! I used to get so nervous before job interviews too.

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