Over the last three posts we have gone over a variety of useful job interview anxiety reduction strategies that should help you go into your interview more relaxed and confident. Today, we will briefly gloss over a number of other ideas that you should consider if you are worried about anxiety during your job interview.
Additional Anxiety Reduction Strategies
- Keep Your Mind Positive
It has been shown that if you can focus on positive things before your job interview, it is harder for your mind to focus on negatives. In the time you have before your job interview, write all of the things you are happy about on a piece of paper. Continue to write as many things as you can think of until it is time for your interview. Afterward, fold the paper up and keep it in your pocket throughout the meeting.
- Fake Confidence
Throughout your interview, the more you are able to fake confidence, the more confident you will be. If you find yourself slipping into anxiety, speak louder, smile bigger, shake hands more vigorously and the positive energy is bound to follow.
- Practice Deep Breaths
A few deep breaths is sometimes all you need to calm your body. Sometimes your heart is racing not only because you are anxious, but also because you are not breathing as easily due to nervousness over the employer’s actions. While your employer is talking, take two or three slow, deep breaths to help yourself clam down.
Do What Makes You Happy
Perhaps the most useful way to reduce your anxiety before the job interview is to simply do what makes you happy long before the interview takes place. If you enjoy music or movies, see if you can fit that in and let yourself relax. Anxiety builds on itself. If you are anxious an hour before the job interview, you are going to be even more anxious by the time the interview gets there. So stay relaxed throughout the day by keeping yourself occupied with the things that you enjoy and you will find that even though you are anxious during your interview, that anxiety will be far more manageable.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Focus on positives.
- Act openly confident.
- Take a time out to breath.
- Engage yourself in activities you enjoy.