Reducing Interview Performance Anxiety

March 15th, 2016

Interviewing for a new job can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s a job that would represent a pivotal point in your career. There are a few steps you can take in the moments leading up to your interview to calm yourself down. Here’s how you can reduce interview performance anxiety:

Take a Deep Breath.

Don’t underestimate the power of breathing. That sounds silly to say, but often people forget to breathe under moments of deep stress or pressure. If you take a deep breath before entering the interview room, you will be able to slow down your heart rate and think with a clear head.

Visualize Yourself in the Position.

If you’re nervous about not appearing confident, try visualizing yourself in the position for which you’re interviewing. This will give you the ability to be able to talk about the role as if you know you already received the job, which will give you an added sense of confidence. It will also help shape the way in which you interact with your interviewer and will be able to provide insight into how you work with the rest of the team.

Remember to Smile.

Smiling has both physical and psychological benefits. Even if you don’t feel happy, smiling can be helpful for two reasons. One, it’ll tell your interviewer that you’re excited about the position; two, it’ll convince you that you’re excited about the position. You may find that you eventually start smiling for real when your confidence is built back up to your original levels.

If you keep the above tips in mind, you will have no problem acing your job interview. If you are looking for a new job for which to interview, contact Olympic Staffing. We have a variety of job options at any given time for which we can make a personalized recommendation.



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