We’ve all been there, during an interview when our body starts to behave in weird ways and we don’t recognise the sound coming out of our mouths. In the words of Eminem, palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy … and we can no longer recall our ten years’ worth of experience. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we have some useful tips on how to calm interview nerves.
First things first, get an early night. Nobody wants to be yawning away in an interview and not being able to focus properly, so make sure to get at least 7 hours’ worth of shut-eye. Not only this, but try and be prepared. Read over your notes the night before and have your clothes ironed and hung up ready, you don’t want to be rushing round in the morning.
It’s the day you’ve been waiting for and it’s important to think positively. We all have doubts and this causes us to be nervous but a company wouldn’t offer you an interview if they didn’t think you were capable of the job. Have confidence in your abilities, and one thing to always remember is whether you’re successful or not, it’s still a good experience – everything happens for a reason.
During the interview
When you arrive just take deep breaths and relax. Don’t be afraid to mention you’re nervous to the interviewee. We think it’s a weakness but everyone has been there, even your interviewee. When being asked questions, try not to speak too fast, take a few seconds before you answer and remember a smile goes a long way. Most importantly, don’t forget to be yourself.
Now you know how to calm interview nerves.