The new year brings a lot of people questioning their current employment and thinking about making a change. With the search for a new position comes many job interviews. In a recent article posted on themuse, Lily Zhang discusses 7 ways to help cope with your pre-interview nerves and help you land the dream job.
Meditate and Breathe
The benefits of meditation have been proven over and over again. Take two minutes in your car before you enter the building to close your eyes and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. This will clear your mind and keep you calm while energizing you right before the interview.
Eat a Banana
The combination of tryptophan, potassium, and beta-blockers found naturally in bananas is known to calm nerves. In fact this is a tactic used by many famous musicians right before a concert. This is a healthy snack to fill you up and calm you down.
Exercising releases the flow of endorphins which is a feel good hormone. Get up a little earlier than you normally would the day of an interview and do any form of exercise for a short period of time. After your workout you will be feeling good, confident, and relaxed.
It is easy to be nervous and picture things going wrong during your interview, however you should force yourself to do the opposite. By picturing yourself answering questions confidently, and you impressing your interviewer, it is more likely to happen. By having a positive mind set from the get go, you are more likely to do well if you get nervous during your interview.
Do a Power Pose
Amy Cuddy, a professor at Harvard has done research on the power pose. If you put your body in a position of power or powerlessness, your mind will react accordingly. In order to get yourself in the right mindset, do a power pose before leaving your house. This will boost your confidence before your interview.
Smile Like You Mean It
If you’re feeling anxious, force yourself to smile. Just like the power pose, it tricks your brain into thinking you are confident. Additionally smiling during an interview is important so you come off to the hiring manager as friendly and approachable.
Practice is the number one tip to be prepared and feel less nervous during an interview. The more you practice, the more confident and ready for the interview you will feel. Start by doing research on the company, looking over your resume and practice answering some common interview questions out loud. Prepare a few days before the interview and you should be good to go!