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Calming Your Nerves Before a Job Interview

After applying to hundreds of jobs for about 6 months I finally locked in a few interviews. Since I hadn’t been on a formal interview in over 20 years, I didn’t know what to expect. Things have changed so much especially in the past year during the COVID pandemic. What I did notice was that the thought of a job interview definitely stirred up conflicting emotions. I was excited about the opportunity to advance my career but was anxious about the impression I’d make. Well, 4 companies and 11 interviews later, I finally accepted an offer for a job that is more than the perfect fit for me. How did I manage to get through all those interviews and nail the perfect job? Here are a few simple steps that I took that could help you too, to feel more at ease on when you are preparing for your interviews.

Calming Your Mind

It’s natural to feel anxious, but advantageous to keep it from showing. Looking relaxed helps you to appear confident and competent.

1. Take a deep breath. Your breath affects your state of mind. Try quieting your thoughts with three part breathing. Inhale deeply filling your lower abdomen, upper abdomen, and chest. Spend an equal amount of time exhaling.

2. Sleep well. It can be difficult to sleep before your big event, but your body needs rest. Turn off the television and computers a couple of hours before you retire and ensure your bedroom is dark. Read a book or take a warm bath prior to settling down for the night.

3. Go for a walk. After a good night’s rest you can rise early and treat yourself to a stroll around the neighborhood. Activity and morning sun will help you to feel energized and alert. Remember to leave time for a hearty breakfast too.

4. Enjoy the excitement. Check your self talk. Tell yourself you’re excited rather than anxious. Focus on the bright side and how your life will benefit from locking in this amazing opportunity.

5. Watch your body language. Gestures count too. Even during a video interview, it’s really important to be mindful of your posture, hand gestures and facial expressions. Sitting up straight and lowering your shoulders will put you at ease and reassure you of your strength. Make eye contact (even if it’s by looking straight into the camera).

6. Prepare for conversation. Take the pressure off by viewing your interview as a discussion rather than an interrogation. You’re trying to find the perfect match that will benefit you and your potential employer.

Preparing Your Case

One secret to building up your confidence is to attend your interview secure in the knowledge that you’re well prepared. Modern technology makes it easier than ever to learn about any company and its employees.

1. Do your research. Browse through the company’s website. Scan the annual report, read their blogs and watch any product/service videos. Read the LinkedIn profiles for the staff members you’ll be interviewing with. Ask around your network to see if someone can introduce you to a contact who knows the company first-hand. Really get a hand on what the company offers and what their values are.

2. Practice your performance. Recruit a friend to rehearse for your interview. Offer to do the same for them if and when they ever need it. If you’re on your own, practice in front of a mirror. For my one interview I had to give a full-blown presentation. I practiced on video with a script then had a few former co-workers watch me present on Zoom in preparation for my presentation interview. It’s what helped me seal the deal as they say. When I was done, the interviewer told me I set the bar high for the rest of the candidates.

3. Dress the part. Yes, even for a video interview at a totally casual work from home company. Lay out your wardrobe in advance so you know you have clean socks and a suit that fits. Choose your accessories carefully. Style your hair so it stays out of your eyes and put on a friendly smile. Women should also do their make-up in a professional manner that looks great on video or in person.

4. Listen carefully. While you’re working on what to say, give equal time to listening. Ask thoughtful questions. Look for clues about what qualities the interviewer cares about and what needs they’re trying to fill.

5. Focus on making a contribution. Let the interviewer know what makes you different from the other candidates. Be specific about your background and strengths. Talk about how you can use those qualities to create value for their company in the short and long term.

6. Look at the big picture. Finally, keep the situation in perspective. Each interview is a success when you consider it practice until you find a new opportunity. Refine your message and brush up on your presentation skills.

7. Be on time. If you have an in-person interview, go over the directions twice to be sure you understand each step. Give yourself a little extra time to allow for traffic or public transportation delays. For a video interview, make sure you check that the link is working and that your computer has any software downloaded and operating at least a day prior.

Say goodbye to sweaty palms and knocking knees. Show up for your interview poised and prepared. Rely on proven relaxation methods and careful preparation to help you land the job offers you want.

Next time, I’ll talk about how I used the Law of Attraction to land the job of my dreams during this process. If you can’t wait and would like some guidance on your own journey, schedule some time with me for an Initial Consultation or what I like to call a Breakthrough Call! Click here: Today!!

Love, Light & Blessings till next time!


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