Getting Over Job Interview Anxiety
Congrats! You scored an amazing job interview - now what?
If you're anything like me, you're probably thinking of all the ways you're going to screw the opportunity up, by either being too shy, too self-conscious, or too anxious. But, job interviews are (typically) the gateway to that dream job of yours - so why are self-sabotaging before the process has even begun?
Here are a few tips that I personally practice to keep my nerves to a minimum.
The night before...
Do your research
A lot of anxiety can be avoided by being prepared in every sense. Do a considerable amount of research on the role, the company and the person(s) interviewing you, so that you are prepared for any question they might throw at you. You may not necessarily use all of the information you've gained-- but you will feel a lot more confident after a night of studying the details.
What makes you feel great? A nice bubble bath? A facial mask? A D-I-Y manicure? Giving yourself a little 'pamper evening' the night before will not only relax you, it will make you feel and look great. Make sure to tidy up your nails the night before, incase you have to re-apply polish.
Get a good night's sleep
Get your zzz's in, because if you don't, you're bound to not feel 100% the next day. The great thing about getting your beauty sleep, is that it will actually help you to look better on the outside and feel good on the inside. Beat the dark under eye circles and puffy face by simply going to bed an hour or so earlier. Pro tip - ditch the wine with dinner and opt for a nice lemon water, instead.
The morning of...
Eat Breakfast, and skip the second cup
I always skip breakfast, which means that around 10 AM my stomach begins it's best attempt at impromptu karaoke, and that's not something I want to share with my (possible) future employer. Be sure to have something in your belly - even if it's a granola bar, or a handful of berries. If you're a coffee drinker, stick to only one cup to ensure you don't amp up your already pre-consisting jitters.
Applying lavender oil to your neck and under your nose is a great way to help calm you down. If you have a hard time with stress, Saje Natural Wellness has a great product, called Stress Release, that's perfect for eliminating anxiety. I use the roll-on remedy almost daily, as it fits perfectly (and discreetly) in your purse or pocket!
Call me lame, but I love a good affirmation. Something like "I am capable", or "I believe in my skills" usually does the trick. These are things I like to repeat to myself in my head (and out loud when I am alone). I find that the affirmations transform your negative and insecure thoughts into positive messages. I recently listened to a podcast where an actress in hollywood was giving audition advice; she said, what she does, is to ask the universe for "this, or something better". This way, no matter the outcome, you feel like you're on the right path.
So my family has this inside joke about me, because ONCE when I was 13 I made the mistake of saying, "I forgot to breathe". Despite how hilarious my younger brother finds this (still), it's just proof that sometimes when you are nervous you do forget to breathe! How many moments could have been saved by simply pausing for a moment to take a deep breath? If you are asked a difficult questions, take a moment - breathe, regroup, and then answer.
Something I am bad at is keeping eye contact, but I force myself, too. D remember to blink every now and then (obvi), but really look the interviewer in the eye and try to avoid looking at the ground.
Prepare a list of questions and be sure to ask them during the interview. This is really important because it will show that you are engaged and curious about the role or the company -- it also shows great initiative.
Say Thank You
This one's a given, but always shake the interviewers hand and thank them for meeting with you. On your way out, remember to thank the person at the front desk as well.
Say Thank You Again
After your interview, send a follow-up email thanking the interviewer for their time and that you look forward to speaking with them soon. This will show that you're eager, and it will make you stand out, as you will be fresh in their mind.
Don't beat yourself up if you had a bad interview, and don't be too over confident. Be proud of what you've accomplished, and be grateful of the opportunity you just had. Sometimes the anxiety can come after the interview as you're waiting for the call. While you should be diligent and follow up after a few days -- it's always best to relax and not put too much pressure on yourself.
These are all of my tips so far, but unfortunately my job interviewing days are not behind me yet. Always remember: if you don't get the job, don't beat yourself up! Just like a breakup, there are plenty of other fish in the sea. Pick yourself up, and get back out there!
Do you have any tips for relieving job interview jitters? Let me know in the comments below!