Congrats, you’ve landed a job interview. Although you may be nervous before your big day, you’ve actually made it through the most difficult part of the job application process. Now, all you have to do is calm your nerves and get hired. Easy enough right?! Except, job interviews can be stressful. You have no idea what your interviewer is going to ask, and the pressure alone of knowing you are competing against other applicants can be enough to send nerves through the roof.
If I’m being honest, I get *really* nervous before big conversations. Whether it’s talking to a c-level at work, having a confrontational conversation with a co-worker, or a job interview, I am a bundle of jitters.
You should see my pit stains after a job interview if you don’t believe me now – that would help you understand. (Gross, I know).
But, because I’m inherently nervous, I’ve had to learn how to calm my nerves before a job interview. Especially after I was laid off, I had to interview a ton. Being a basketcase wasn’t an option.
There are a few easy steps that anyone can take to calm nerves before your next job interview. You never want to go into a job interview blindly, the least you can do for your own success is to follow these 10 tips to make sure you knock it out of the park.
Follow these 10 ways to calm your nerves before your next job interview, and I can’t wait to see you get hired!
10 Ways To Calm Your Nerves In Your Next Job Interview
Take a Walk
Taking a walk is one of my favorite ways to calm anxiety before a job interview. There’s something about fresh air that can totally make a person relax. If I were you – make sure you get a little walk in before you go for an interview. Even if it’s just to walk around the block – it will help you get in the moment, clear your head. Plus, you can see what your future office looks like.
For me, I always arrive a few minutes early to a job interview and try and do a quick lap around the building. I like to listen to a Headspace or focus on things in the moment, clearing my mind and gaining my confidence. This is a great way to calm your nerves before a job interview!
Do Deep Breathing
If you read T20S, you know that I absolutely love meditation and deep breathing exercises. Doing a small meditation is an amazing way to bring your nerves down before a job interview, and get centered.
Download Headspace if you don’t already have it before your next job interview. If you don’t have the app, then take 10 deep breathes (I like to do 5 seconds in, 5 seconds hold, and 8 seconds out!) before you head into your next job interview. This will ease any anxieties your feeling before the interview so you absolutely crush it.
Practice Your Interview Answers
Never ever go into a job interview without practicing your answers beforehand (I have a whole post on preparing for job interviews here). Interviews are full of unknowns, to begin with, you can mitigate your chances of sounding less confident, or less sure of your answers by practicing them before. This will totally ease any anxieties!
If you are new to interviewing, I’ll give you an amazing piece of advice: practice. The more you rehearse your interview answers and questions, the more easily they will come when you are nervous.
Go Through the Logistics
If you start out an interview flustered, there’s a high chance your nerves will continue to increase throughout the conversation. A great way to calm nerves before your next job interview is to go through the logistics, or directions in advance. If you have to go to a new location for your job interview, or even are just unsure of the building – go through the logistics far in advance.
I always feel it’s way better to potentially arrive super early for a job interview, rather than be flustered and late. This is why mapping out your route is so important!
Arriving early for a job interview will help ease any nerves you may have. It might be a little awkward to enter the actual interview building super early, so try and take a walk, sit in your car or go to a coffee shop. I love getting tea before a job interview. I not only feel all professional holding my Starbucks cup like an accessory – but I feel warm and comforted. What else would you need to conquer the day?
Try arriving 15-20 minutes early for any job interview, and then entering the building 10 minutes before. This will give you a chance to sign in and be perfectly on time.
Practice Power Poses
One of the best ways to calm nerves during a job interview is to do a power pose. What is a power pose, you ask?! A power pose is a standing position that makes you feel powerful. My favorite is to stand straight up, shoulders back, and put my hands on my hips. I feel so strong and powerful. This helps me feel confident, at ease, and confident during a job interview. This is something proven in science to help you perform better in work situations!
During an interview, you’ll likely be asked some tough questions. From, ‘what is your greatest weakness‘ to ‘why should we hire you’, I want to empower you to feel strong and amazing throughout every interaction during the job application process.
Do a Visualization
One of my favorite tactics for calming nerves before a big job interview is visualization. Visualization is very literally the art of ‘seeing yourself’ (in your mind, duh!), getting what you want.
Doing a visualizing of yourself getting the job, or getting the next interview, will actually help you ace your next career conversation. Training your mind to believe, “I got this!” will help calm any nerves you are feeling as you are preparing for a job interview.
I like to close my eyes, do meditation and think of the next step in the job interview process, knowing that I’ll ace this one. It works really well.
Eat a Light Breakfast
Eating a light breakfast will completely help make you feel relaxed before a job interview.
It’s important to fuel your body before a job interview, but not so much that you become sluggish. Without food, your blood sugar may change and you may become even more anxious before your interview. Try and just eat something like, like a banana, that will help give you energy.
Say Your Answers In a Mirror
The time-old trick of practicing speaking in a mirror actually works. Especially to help calm nerves! If you get easily nervous during speaking engagements (like if you get a question you don’t know the answer to), practicing in a mirror will totally do the trick.
The good news is that a lot of interview answers are predictable, so saying your answers in a mirror in advance will totally help make you feel relaxed.
Write Down Your Questions
One of the most important parts of a job interview is at the end, when the interviewer asks, “so – what questions do you have for me?” If you get so caught up during the interview, you could get really nervous when you are asked this question at the end of a job interview.
If you write the questions you want to ask during an interview, (even on a note pad that you bring in with you), you’ll get so much less nervous in your interview. You will also avoid any awkward lulls during your conversations.
Do Your Research
One way to mitigate nerves during a job interview is to do your research. For me, most of the time when I get nervous is because there’s something unknown coming my way. This is why you have to do research on who your meeting with, the company, and the types of questions you may be asked.
Doing your research will absolutely help you calm your nerves during a job interview.
What are you going to try during your next job interview? Comment below! Also, if I ever help you score a job, make sure to write me an email at [email protected] – I want to share your success!