Everyone has experienced job Interview stress. And in the continued tight labor market where jobs are tough to come by in many industries, this stress can reach incredible levels.
Some healthy nerves may be a good thing. But, below we have outlined a laundry list of different strategies that a person can use to combat a crippling case of interview jitters.
These strategies include:
(a) Prepare yourself and do background research on the company that you will be interviewing with;
(b) Do something nice for yourself the day before to let your brain unwind and relax;
(c) Write a checklist and go over everything several times. Do not leave anything until the last minute;
(d) Get your blood pumping before the interview with some healthy exercise;
(e) Do not let the stress interfere with your sleep. Make sure that you get the necessary rest the night before;
(f) Dress in an outfit that is clean, comfortable and gives you a sense of self-confidence;
(g) Even if you are nervous and tempted to skip breakfast, eat a healthy and well-balanced meal;
(h) Even though caffeine is a tempting boost heading in to the interview, lay off the caffeine and sugar on interview day;
(i) Herbal tea or herbal gum may be a good stress reducer prior to the interview;
(j) Water is important. Make sure to stay hydrated on your interview day;
(k) Take a walk or find some way to work the stress out of your system;
(l) Don’t cut your schedule too close. Be prepared for car accidents, traffic jams or parking difficulties and make sure that you arrive early;
(m) Practice deep breathing techniques or other relaxation strategies before heading in to the office;
(n) Take some deep breaths of fresh air — preferably cold air — to clear your mind in the minutes leading up to the interview;
(o) Listen to a song or sing along with the radio, as you tap your fingers on the steering wheel;
(p) Visualize a successful outcome to the interview and regularly remind yourself of all of your positive attributes;
(q) Find a fun little game to play. The exact game does not matter — simply pick something that you will enjoy. You are simply looking to take your mind off of the interview;
(r) Consider counting numbers — forward, backwards or in any combination;
(s) Smile. People respond to positive energy and the self-confidence that a smile demonstrates;
(t) Go back to the breathing exercises that we mentioned earlier. And no matter how stressed you become, continue to smile;
(u) Make consistent eye contact with the interviewer as you work to develop rapport;
(v) If you feel incredibly stressed during the interview process, you can gently press on some pressure/relaxation points in your hands.
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