It’s perfectly normal to be nervous when you’re going into an interview. Whether you’re currently employed or have been on the job hunt for a while, interviews can cause anxiety. But there are a few things you can do to make your experience less scary. Here are some tips to help you calm your nerves and be prepared for your next interview.
Map Out the Location and Plan Your Time
Anxiety can come in many forms, and for a lot of people, it’s a fear of the unknown. There is good news, however. You can plan around this level of anxiety by mapping out the location and preparing ahead for your drive to your next interview. If you can, take a test drive to the location so you can see how long it will take you and where to park.
Taking a test drive ahead of time will also give you insight into your commute experience if you do accept the position.
Try Out These Power Poses to Build Confidence
It may sound a little funny, but power poses can help you build confidence ahead of an interview. What is a power pose? They are physical stances, kind of like yoga that make you feel stronger and better about your confidence levels. Common power poses include:
- The Wonder Woman: Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Form fists with your hands and place them on your hips. Straighten your back and breath into the pose for a few moments before your interview.
- The Victory Pose: Place your feet apart and raise your arms in the air to make a “V” over your head. Spread your fingers and elongate your spine. Breath deeply and imagine your confidence building from the ground to the sky and back through your body again.
Practice Calm Meditation and Breathing Exercises
While power poses can be a form of meditation, practicing breathing exercises ahead of your interview will also help you calm your nerves and be better prepared. You can do this in the time leading up to your meeting every morning, evening, or even in your car right before you go inside.
Sit comfortably on the floor with your legs crossed or on a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Rest your hands in your lap, sit up straight, and close your eyes. Breath in deeply, count to three, and breath out again. Concentrate on this breathing for a few minutes. You’ll begin to feel the tension leave your muscles, and you can allow your nerves to calm down.
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