A few days ago, I asked for questions regarding ‘your biggest challenge related to Interviews‘
The first question I received was ‘how do you handle being nervous before an interview?’
I have touched on some of this before but it is certainly worth revisiting.
✅ Right before the Interview (while you are waiting) it is worth taking nice deep breaths, this will lessen the stress and anxiety. Throughout the interview make sure you breathe consciously, it may sound silly but if you measure your breathing it will regulate your heart rate and send signals to your body to calm down.
If you don’t meditate daily, I would highly recommend this as it has so many benefits.
I also recommend this short video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lb5L-VEm34
✅ Change the context of the Interview. They are interviewing you and you are interviewing them. Any good company with great people will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, if they don’t, do you want this job? This re-framing helped me greatly. I dived deeper into this on an older post.
✅ Recognize that some nerves are great, it means you are doing something worthwhile, getting out of your comfort zone. It should also aid your focus.
✅ Be yourself. Cliched advice – yes of course but to explain further, be authentic, don’t pretend to be someone you are not, your stories, answers should we a window into who you are and what you represent.
💡 Lastly, the most important part of this, the better prepared you are, the less nervous you will be, it really is that simple. You may have read my tagline in some of my posts – ‘Competence = Confidence’. I choose that because of its simplicity and accuracy. If you know you have put in the work, you will also feel deserving of the opportunity. 💡