For months you’ve been scouring the classifieds, utilizing social media resources, even bombarding friends and family to assist, as you continually send out applications, and then it suddenly happens – you have an interview!
But the reality sets in: Over 90% of people experience some type of fear or anxiety when it comes to job interviews. The good news? You’re normal!
But how to exude confidence, when your stomach is churning, your brain wants to shut off and your sweat glands have gone into hyper-drive?
Here are 5 ways to fight interview anxieties and ‘fake it til you make it’ when it’s time for that big interview:
1. Celebrate your victory
Out of possibly hundreds of applicants, you were selected and called for an interview. You made it into the race on the merit of your resume, which is usually scanned within six seconds. A victory dance is in order, you have every right to be confident in your abilities when you finally step into that room.
“Look for small victories and build on that. Each small victory, even if it’s just getting up five minutes earlier, gives you confidence. You realize that these little victories make you feel great and you keep going. You realize that being paralyzed by fear of failure is worse than failure.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
2. Knowledge is power
Do your research. Google is your friend. The more you know about the company and the position in question, the better off you’ll be, when it comes to not only answering questions, but asking as well.
Key pieces of information to know:
- Vision and Mission
- Who’s the CEO
- Products and services
- Latest achievements/news
When going into alien territory, you need to know about what you’re up against.
“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.”
– Sun Tzu – The Art of War
3. Dress to impress
This rule not only works on the interviewers, but you as well. If you look good, you feel good too. How many times have you been on that job interview, wearing that ill-fitting pants or the new shoe that pinches your toes. You’re not even in the room, but you’re already fidgeting and feeling unnaturally self-conscious. Especially when you look across at the other candidate, looking well put together, so bold and so confident. Give yourself one less thing to worry about:
- Long before the interview, determine what you want to wear
- Try it on, see how it fits and if you still need something, you have time to get it
- Remember, dressing and looking the part from the tip of your head, to the sole of your shoes helps you feel the part
“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.”
– Arthur Ashe
4. Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse
Act I scene 22, do as many takes as you need. All the great actors and actresses had to prepare for their upcoming roles before they got the part. Job interviews are not unlike casting calls, so you better memorize that script. There are many online sites that provide not only possible questions but adequate responses as well. This strategy is crucial, especially when that anxiety hits.
- You have a map
- Don’t stray from the points
- Stay focused
- Your mission is to secure the job
And we’re not just talking about what to say, but how to say it. Sit in front of the mirror, don’t be shy, make eye contact, smile, you’re a star baby. Remember, being you is important, but don’t be afraid to bring out that Sasha Fierce alter ego, if it’s needed to pull you through. If you know what you’re about, your confidence is a seed safely planted.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
– Alexander Graham Bell
When anxious thoughts do not sit still, concentration becomes a chore and we fail to be in the moment that we need to be in, to produce the results we seek. No good can come, if you’re thinking about all the things that went wrong the last time.
- Spending a few minutes before the actual interview visualizing a place, or something you like can help silence the noise inside the mind and stop your nerves from unravelling
- Try taking slow, deep breaths to centre your core
- Use positive affirmations. “I am calm, I am confident, I am able.” “Today is a good day to be great.”
It’s in your best interest to get grounded and not be easily distracted like a kite in the wind. And heck, if healing crystals are your thing, walk with them.
- Citrine for luck
- Green Aventurine for opportunity
- Turquoise for communication
- Clear Quartz for focus
- Fluorite for memory
- Obsidian for calming nerves
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
– Gautama Buddha
We may not like job interviews. We may even be so scared, that our heart feels like it’s about to pop out. We might even think the whole process of being judged and graded by strangers, in less than 30 minutes, a farce. However, it’s one of life’s necessary evils and there are just some things better kept to ourselves.
But these tips should have you walking into that job interview hyped and ready to play the part.
The thing with interviews is that you can’t always predict the outcome.
You may leave thinking there’s no hope and you get a call back. Other times, the interview seemed to have gone well. You were incredibly at ease, lots of smiling and nodding and then nothing.
Interviews without positive results can give you a complex, but don’t beat yourself up. Use each interview as a learning experience.
Some people will get you in 20 minutes and others never will. And even if the job you snag isn’t your dream, at least it’s a start.
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