I have my notes! I have gone through my speech and talking points multiple times and even spoken to myself in the mirror.
So why is it that I am still nervous?
Everyone is nervous before an interview, even if you believe you are the perfect candidate. Whether it’s an in-person interview or the virtual kind, the interview process can be a daunting experience. If you allow your nerves to get the better of you, it can have a negative impact on the outcome of the interview.
These tips and tricks won’t only assist you in preparing for an interview but can also be used before any type of public speaking or presentations you may give in the near future.
1. Breathe (in through the nose, out through the mouth)
We have all heard it and we know very well that it does work, especially when you concentrate on your breathing. All of a sudden, the thud you feel against your ribcage subsides and you can tune out the noise.
2. Be 10 min early
As a person who is never on time for anything, this is a hurdle for me even for virtual meetings. But it is important, not only for your own nerves but also to avoid any last-minute technology complications. Being early also shows you are prepared and starts your interview off on a good foot.
Focus on the next 15 minutes only, close your mind to everything else happening around you. The next 15min are important to you. You want to land the position and you want to have a good interview. So, switch off from the rest of the world and move away from any distractions for this period of time.
4. Be Confident
Repeat to yourself 5 reasons why you are perfect for this position. Repeat it at least 3 times. Keep telling yourself how great you are and how you add value, bring something new and unique to the position. Use this as your mantra, stick it up on the mirror, write it down, say it while making a cup of coffee, keep yourself positive and motivated to achieve that goal, and ace that interview.
5. Be Present
Besides clearing your area of clutter, you also need to clear your mind and give your full attention to the person interviewing you. Be mindful of the fact that this person has set aside time to meet with you.
6. Admit that you are nervous
Allow yourself to admit that you are nervous or anxious. I have always found it helps me to talk it through with someone else – normally my mom – it gives perspective and allows the opportunity to get input before the actual interview.
7. Challenge Yourself
What’s the worst that can happen?
How many times have you allowed your negative thinking to get in the way of taking a chance on something? We have all stood in our own path at one point in our lives. It’s time to stop the negative thinking and begin taking action. No one is going to make it happen for you, you are the owner of your own destiny. So step up and grab it with both hands.
8. Listen to Music
We all have a power song.
Music is soul food. It can put a smile on your face, a spring in your step and change your mood. Find your power song and listen to it while getting dressed, eating your breakfast and before your interview. Find that inner voice and let it Roar! Thanks, Katy Perry.
Take a minute to lie on the floor and relax or sit and close your eyes. Let your mind wander and stop focusing on the interview or presentation ahead. Smell the fresh air, listen to the noises round you and switch off for 3 minutes. You never know what you make learn?
10. Get Some Air
Go outside for a couple of minutes and just soak up some good vitamin D and fresh air.
Did you ever think you would appreciate fresh air as much as you do when you take off your face mask and just breathe? Me neither. Now try to incorporate that into your daily life. Take a few minutes every hour or so to walk outside and get some fresh air. A number of business owners and employees have mentioned that when they stepped away from their desk and took a break; firstly they felt so much better and secondly, they had the answer they were trying to get or could solve the problem they were dealing with. A different perspective and surroundings can do wonders.
11. Fuel Your Body
Have something to eat and very importantly – be hydrated. Hangry is a real emotion. We have all been there. There is nothing worse than sitting down for a grueling session and you realise you haven’t eaten. Have a good breakfast, lunch and dinner. Feed your body and mind and make sure you are feeling your best walking or logging into that interview.
12. Stick to Your Routine
Do not skip something that energizes you for the day – whether it’s your morning run, yoga session or cup of coffee. Exercise clears my mind and allows me to think clearly, never mind the fact that it also makes me feel good about myself. No matter how busy life is or how much you believe you do not have the time – make the time, it is important.
It is normal to feel nervous before and during an interview, especially when you have high hopes to land the position. Even the most confident person will experience some butterflies.
My hope is that one or a few of these tips will allow you to get your mind in the right space and allow your nerves to be used in a positive way, rather than having a negative impact on your interview.