Most people experience some level of interview anxiety. For some, it’s noticeable like sweaty palms, a flushed face, or a shaky voice. For others, it’s less noticeable but still bothersome like a dry mouth or a pounding heartbeat.
Why does this happen?
The stakes can be high. Getting that job may mean you can pay your bills, complete a move to a new city, or get out of a bad job situation.
There can be a lot on the line and anxiety can sabotage your interview.
Here are seven tips that will help you cope:
- Coming to the interview with your research complete and ready to explain how your skills and qualifications line up with the job requirements will give you confidence. You should also do some research on the people who are interviewing you. You will make a great impression if you can mention something about their background.
- Rehearse by conducting a mock interview. Ask a friend or family member to play the role of the interviewer and pose questions to you. Critique your answers and ask your friend to do the same. The more you practice, the better you become.
- Know that you are a qualified candidate. Remember, interviewers don’t waste time meeting people who are not qualified.
- Avoid last minute panic. Take care of everything the day before such as printing extra copies of your resume and figuring out what you are going to wear. If you are being interviewed by Zoom, ensure you have the link and that the technology works.
- Whether you are being interviewed in person or by Zoom, select clothes that make you feel strong, confident, and looking good.
- Do something physical the day of the interview. Perhaps a good gym workout, a brisk walk in a park, or quiet time in private. Do whatever makes your mind and body feel great and you will feel more relaxed in the interview.
- Think of the interview as an opportunity to determine if the job is right for you. Is the salary in line with what you want? Will the work be challenging? Will you like the people? Knowing the interview is a two-way street is a great equalizer and will boost your confidence.