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Top Tips to Reduce Stress

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Job interviews and assessment centres can seem like a very stressful experience but in honour of National Stress Awareness Day here are our top tips for dealing with interview stress and anxiety.

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.

Featured image credit: Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash 

Updated 22 May, 2019

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