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Have you ever had interview jitters? Shaky hands, ’cold feet’, and imagining every worst case scenario! Personally, this is one of my weakest points in job hunting. I always try to tell the interviewer what I think they want to hear and try to imagine what they think of me but in reality, I am just throwing myself under the bus. There’s so much that goes into an interview that causes high levels of anxiety; such as, how to dress, the follow-up, and what about phone interviews? Those are a different animal altogether. All I need is to give honest responses and not let the ’jitters’ get the best of me! Here are some best practices to help you shake off those interview jitters on your job hunt.
Change Your Perspective
First things first: the problem that we are facing is all mental - so you just need to be in the right mindset. Instead of an awkward and stressful test, think of your interview as a normal conversation with another person. That really is what you’re going to do right?
1. Remember to breathe - This is not the end of the world; if you do not get this job, there will always be another one. This is not to say you should not put effort into your interview, but sometimes when you are overly anxious and excited for a position, you can come off as incredibly strong to a recruiter and that can make them want to push you away.
2. Be Prepared - One of the biggest reasons people tend to get nervous for an interview is the unknown factor. When you take the time to prepare you feel more relaxed on your interview day and probably even think of some good questions that you can ask.
3. Eat a healthy breakfast -Don’t miss out on breakfast! Our lives are getting busier and busier by the day and not forgetting to eat breakfast may be the least of your worries, but eating high protein foods and fruits (like bananas!) can help you get through your day much better than if you skip out. Bananas, in particular, are known to have tryptophan, potassium, and beta-blockers in them which can help calm shaky nerves.
Check out this article by The Guardian if you want more helpful and unique tips to help shake those nerves.
One thing that relieves stress is practicing! When you practice you are less likely to be caught off guard and feel more confident because you have an idea what to expect. There are many ways to practice to help you feel more comfortable, here’s a list of some.
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