Most people experience nervousness before and during a job interview. Sometimes the nerves and pressure of an interview situation can even make us act differently. Our body seems to behave in weird ways and the way we speak seems to be unusual. It can lead to interview mistakes – including blurting, babbling, fidgeting and sweating. To stop nerves getting the better of you, here are some tips for calming your anxiety.

Be prepared

Spend some time to prepare for your interview. It will help you stay relaxed. Preparation will lead to more confidence. This confidence will help you eliminate unattractive nervous habits and feel more in command of your answer and body language. Besides, make sure you have all relevant documents, including your CV.

Practice interviewing aloud

Practice playing your interview at home. It won’t be absolutely accurate but it will help if you can run through a simulated interview a few times before you actually do one.

Get enough rest

To maximise your cognitive performance and to handle a stressful situation with confidence you need a solid eight hours of sleep. If you’re well rested you’ll feel more relaxed, your answers will come easier, and your fresh appearance will make a better impression.

Get some exercise

Another way to relax is through exercise. Doing exercises will release endorphins in your system that will naturally help calm you down.

Think what you eat and drink prior to an interview

Eating right before an interview is very important. Eat something light so your stomach isn’t growling. A heavy meal can make you tired, so eat moderately. Try to avoid caffeine and don’t consume alcohol before the interview even if you consider it will relax you.

Also a good idea to avoid heavy garlic or onions.

Super-hero posture

It’s a power-pose and the opposite of anxiety. Right before your interview stand tall and place your hands on your hips with your elbows jutting out, like you’re standing on top of the world and observing everything in your domain. Take some deep breaths. This will energise you and make you feel self-confident. If nothing else, will make you smile.

If you prepare well for the content of your job interview and empower yourself additionally with a good night’s sleep, optimal food, exercise and practice the power-pose, you will set yourself up to do your very best and make a great impression.

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