Develop positive thinking strategies
When you start to feel anxious it is common to experience negative thought patterns ‘it will be a disaster’ ‘They won’t like me’. Try to become aware of these negative thoughts and replace them with positive alternatives such as ‘I will do my best’ ‘They liked my CV otherwise they would not be interviewing me’.
Visualise yourself successfully completing the task
Imagine coming out of the interview and moving onto other things. Plan a treat or social event that is not dependent on the outcome of the day.
Plan and practise
By coming into the interview as fully prepared as you can be, your anxiety levels will be lower and make you feel more confident. The more you practise and know the materials, the more likely you are to be able to succeed when you are stressed or nervous.
Remember to look after yourself
Take care of yourself emotionally and physically in the run up to the day and help you deal with nervous energy on the day. Eat a balanced diet and try and get 6-8 hours of sleep.
Just remember to breathe
Many of us forget to breathe when the nerves takeover. Breathe out the negative energy and breathe in the positive. Before you answer each question take a deep breath - it will calm your nerves, steady your voice and give you a second to think about your answer.
Remember the interviews are there to let the employer get to know you so put a smile on your face, take a deep breath and be yourself. It is completely normal to feel stressed before an interview. You will not be able to completely eliminate your nerves; the aim is to manage them.
Updated 22 May, 2019