5 things An Interviewee Can Do To Overcome Interview Anxiety:

5 things An Interviewee Can Do To Overcome Interview Anxiety:

So This post was inspired by my brother-in-law, who had a big test this morning.  The one bit of advice I gave him in advance of this test was to take time to focus on managing his nerves. 

Like many high-stress situations, interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience for many job seekers. The fear of the unknown, the pressure to impress, and the uncertainty of the outcome can all contribute to interview anxiety. However, with the right mindset and preparation, it’s possible to overcome these nerves and ace your interview. Here are five things you can do to overcome interview anxiety:

  1. Prepare, prepare, prepare: One of the most effective ways to reduce interview anxiety is to be well-prepared for the interview. This means researching the company, practicing potential interview questions, and rehearsing your responses. The more you prepare, the more confident you’ll feel going into the interview.
  2. Visualize success: Take some time before your interview to visualize a successful outcome. Imagine yourself answering questions confidently, building rapport with the interviewer, and leaving a positive impression. This mental exercise can help to calm your nerves and give you a positive mindset going into the interview.
  3. Practice relaxation techniques: Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and visualization can all help to calm your nerves and reduce interview anxiety. Try incorporating these techniques into your daily routine leading up to your interview.
  4. Get a good night’s sleep: Lack of sleep can exacerbate feelings of anxiety, so make sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before your interview. This will help you to feel refreshed, alert, and ready to tackle the day.
  5. Reframe your mindset: Instead of viewing the interview as a high-stakes, make-or-break situation, try to reframe your mindset. Consider the interview as an opportunity to showcase your skills and experience and to learn more about the company and the position. A more positive and proactive mindset can help to reduce interview anxiety and increase your chances of success.

I recently read a post on Linkedin about Bruce Springsteen that when he got his first break, he did what he called mental ju-jitsu to get himself in the right head space and to put things into perspective.  Many people put so much weight and importance on the interview that they take it as a personal assessment of the person they are.  This is not the case; what the interview is at its most basic is to see if there is alignment in what the company needs to be done and your skills.  So don’t take yourself out of the game before it even starts.

In conclusion, interview anxiety is a common experience for many job seekers. However, by preparing well, visualizing success, practicing relaxation techniques, getting a good night’s sleep, and reframing your mindset, it’s possible to overcome these nerves and ace your interview. Remember, the interview is an opportunity to showcase your skills and experience, so approach it with confidence and positivity.