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6 Tips to Reduce Interview Nerves

Job interviews are full of excitement and nervousness. Many candidates have difficulty settling their nerves, particularly if it’s there first job hunt, or if they’re returning from an extended absence. In this post, we’re going to offer some simple tips and advice on how to embrace your nerves and have an excellent interview experience.

1) Nerves Are A Good Thing

The first piece of advice is to remember that nerves are a good thing and should be embraced, not worried about. If you’re nervous, it means that you care about what you’re doing, and that’s great!

2) Prepare Before The Interview

One of the major ways to reduce nerves is to be adequately prepared for your interview.

  • Read about the business you’re interviewing for so that you have a good understanding of what they do and what you may be doing in your role.
  • Review some common interview questions and write answers to them ahead of time. You don’t need to memorise these, but you may find it useful to collect your thoughts prior to speaking with your interviewer. This also helps with answering the interviewer’s questions clearly and concisely as you won’t be thinking entirely on your feet.
  • Plan out what you’re going to wear the night before. Reducing the amount of tasks you need to do before your interview will reduce nerves and help you focus on the interview.
  • Print a copy of your resume and cover letter the night before and have it ready to take with you. While it’s incredibly likely your interview will have a copy, bringing one shows that you’re prepared for the situation and will impress your interviewer.

3) Arrive a Little Early

Plan to arrive to the interview about 15-30mins before your scheduled time depending on how far you need to travel to get there. Try not introduce yourself to reception or enter the business until about 10mins before hand though. If you have some time spare when you get there, use it to read over your preparation notes, have some water, go to the bathroom and check your outfit. These final preparations will make you more in control and not worried or panicked about lateness.

4) Take Deep Breaths

If you find that you’re struggling to contain nerves before your interview, taking deep breaths will help you calm you down and restore a more regular heart rate, decreasing your feeling of nervousness and relaxing your muscles.

5) Drink Plenty Of Water

Most interviewers will offer you a glass of water before the interview starts, not only is it polite to accept this offer, but as you’ll be talking quite a lot, you’re going to need to stop the inevitable dry mouth. Having a dry mouth can be uncomfortable and you may find it affects your speech. Just in case, make sure you drink a good amount of water before you enter the business for the interview.

6) Exercise

If you have time before the interview, try to get in some exercise at home, outdoors, or at the gym. Running, plyometric exercises (jumping), and any other aerobic exercises are great to reduce anxiety and nerves as they inspire the release of endorphins into your body which triggers a positive feeling.

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