Three Ways You Can Reduce Interview Anxiety

Interview AnxietyYou have perfected your resume and cover letter writing skills. You don’t have any problems getting interviews, either. Your weakness is that when you get to an interview, all of your poise turns to anxiety.

Don’t worry—here are some tips that can help you deal with that anxiety and be at your best the next time you have an interview.

Be earlier than early

Some say that being too early is something that should be avoided because you don’t want to have the interviewer make you wait and you shouldn’t give yourself more time to worry or feel nervous. However, no matter what happens, you will almost always be nervous or have something to worry about. Arriving earlier won’t give you more time to worry; it’ll give you more time to stop worrying. Always remember that even people you look up to feel nervous in times of uncertainty, so there’s no reason for you to feel any different. We all have our moments of weakness, and it’s how you rise to occasion that matters.

Breathe in and out

When your emotions are at a high level, your thinking is clouded. Everything that you say or do will be something different than it would be with a clear mind. Breathing can help you to clear your mind of thoughts. When you find yourself in a situation in which you feel that you are not at your best, it’s better to pause for a moment and breathe to clear your thoughts.

Write down everything in a notebook

Before the interview, you will have ideas that you want to emphasize during the interview that you might forget. Having notes that you can check can help to relieve the anxiety you feel about the interview. Besides, if can’t keep your hands from moving, you’ll have the perfect excuse to keep your hands occupied.

Try these tips to help alleviate your anxiety for an interview. Being nervous about the interview can then be a secret that won’t count against you.

Read 5323 times Last modified on Thursday, 17 January 2013 22:41
Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.