In the last post, we looked at physical ways to reduce anxiety before your job interview. In this post, we will discuss some psychological ways to keep your anxiety levels low so that you can perform at your best during your interview.
The Power of Tiny Tics
There is a principle of behavioral psychology known as “Classical Conditioning.” In essence, classical conditioning is when you experience an emotional or physical response to something that does not usually create that response. For example, if you every time you ring a bell a cupcake suddenly drops in front of you, you are eventually going to associate the bell with the cupcake.
You can use this type of conditioning to associate a small, unnoticeable behavior (which we will call a “tiny tic”) with something that makes you feel happy and relaxed. Choose a tiny tic that your interviewer will not notice. A good one would be to gently rub the tips of your right thumb and right index finger together. Be sure that you barely move them, as you do not want your interviewer’s attention to be on your fingers.
Associate the Response
Next, find something that makes you happy and relaxed. If you have a partner, maybe have your partner kiss your cheek or touch your forehead every time you rub your fingers together. If you have a child, perhaps glance at a photo of your baby only when you touch your fingers. You can choose what makes you happy. Continue to do it until every time you touch your fingers together you feel relaxed.
During your interview if you feel yourself becoming increasingly anxious, use your tiny tic to help you calm down again. Any time you feel your anxiety levels rising, rub your fingers together (or whatever other tiny tic you have chosen) and allow yourself to feel the good feelings you had when you were conditioning the technique.
Keep a Memory With You
If you are worried that the interview anxiety reduction method will not work once you are in the interview then keep a photo of someone you truly care about with you in your corner pocket during your interview. Chances are the knowledge that they are supporting you along with the tiny tic anxiety reduction technique will help you feel more confident and more relaxed throughout the whole ordeal.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Find a tiny behavior and condition it to positive, relaxing thoughts.
- Keep a photo or memory with you at all times during your interview.