Tips for calming pre-interview nerves

November 4, 2011 | Topics: , , , | READ 0 COMMENTS & JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Job interviews are stressful at the best of times, and for some people the anxiety and nervousness that comes with the process causes us to perform below our best. Here are some tips that may help you to take the edge of your nerves.

1.     The night before the interview

Consider having a warm bath to prepare the mind and body for deep relaxation.  Before going to bed sit in a darkened room and do some 7/11 breathing. This is a simple technique for dealing with sharp, shallow breaths resulting from anxiety or nervousness. Breathe in slowly and steadily to the count of seven then breathe out slowly and steadily to the count of eleven. Continue with this rhythm of in-breaths and out-breaths until your breathing becomes more relaxed and the tension subsides.

2.     The day of the interview

Start the day with a good breakfast. Porridge or an oat cereal is a good choice as oats are a natural tonic for the nerves and help relieve anxiety and stress. Add a banana and some sunflower seeds for a mood boosting dose of serotonin.

Depending on what time of day your interview is, you may have time to go to the gym, for a walk or a bike ride to expend some of the excess nervous energy your body may be creating. Exercise also encourages healthy blood flow to the brain, which can only be of assistance. Be careful not to over exercise as this would be counter-productive.

3.     Arriving at the interview

If you arrive at the interview and feel hot and bothered, go to the bathroom and run cold water over your wrists and dab behind the ears. This has a refreshing effect on the body because at these spots the arteries are close to the surface and dabbing the cool water literally cools the blood.

4.     While waiting

Rather than nervously re-reading job descriptions, spend time concentrating on your breathing and visualising the smile on the face of someone you love. Respond with a smile of your own and you will look calm and happy when you arrive in the interview.

5.     During the interview

There is a pressure point in the middle of your hand which relaxes the mind and eases anxiety. So during the interview press the palm of your hand gently then release and press more deeply, breathe in to your belly and breathe out the tension. If you have your hands clasped together in front of you, you should be able to this without anyone noticing.

6.     After the interview

Do something you love – do not dwell on what you did or didn’t do. You did the best you could do at that particular point in time.

Rosie Coppin, the Energizer Coach, helps people who want to make changes in their life – whatever they may be. Ready to take control of your life but not sure how to start?

Contact Positive Goals & Solutions today for an exploration of what’s possible for you. Mobile: 0414 511 455

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