Job interviews may be held in a private office or a conference room, but despite these intimate settings, a job interview is a public performance.
Like any performance, a job interview can cause you to feel nervous or even afraid. In addition, there’s also the added pressure of trying to land a paycheck or job that is important to your career.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to ease pre-interview anxiety. Consider the following four tips before your next interview.
1) Be fully prepared
Ample preparation will give you more confidence and even be inspired to the point you actually look forward to the interview. Preparation is also a way to channel any nervous energy into positive motivation.
Thorough preparation isn’t so different from how an elite athlete trains for a big game. The more you study and practice, the more confident you’ll feel when your performance is being judged. This confidence will allow you to avoid nervous habits and feel more in control of your overall presentation.
2) Stay positive
It helps to think positive in any situation, and especially when it comes to interviews. Most job searches are rough and it’s easy to get cynical after repeatedly facing rejection.
However, negativity can stop you from being able sell your strengths by expressing them properly in an interview. Prepare with the frame of mind you can and will crush the interview. Fake it until you make it, as they say.
Having a new or freshly cleaned business suit for the interview can also help put you in a good frame of mind.
3) Avoid a make-or-break mentality
Regardless of how desperately you would like the position, keep in mind it’s just one out of many opportunities. Your entire future does not depend on getting this job. In fact, the job could end up being a disappointment. Also, remember that you have a shot at this opportunity because your resume was picked out from several other resumes.
Keeping this mindset is key because you don’t want to appear needy. You can think of an interview as a first date: You want to make a good impression, but you want it to seem too eager.
Project confidence and trust in your preparation. You can’t control whether or not an employer will hire you, but you can control the way you present yourself in the interview.
4) Use mental techniques
Professional performers use any number of mental techniques to get themselves in the right frame of mind to perform. Some people use rhythmic breathing to settle their nerves. Others use positive mental imagery or ‘power posing’ to prepare.
Research various relaxation and confidence-boosting techniques and see which ones work best for you.
At Thompson Technologies, we regularly help people with everything from resume writing to interview coaching. Please contact us today if you are looking for job-search assistance.