Tips to Stay Calm Before Your Job Interview

Tips to Stay Calm Before Your Job Interview

January 20 2023 TalktoAngel 0 comments 42 Views

Interview anxiety is pretty common even when you know you are made up for a particular job. Nervousness(anxiety) and stress are two common symptoms that are triggered when you start talking about yourself, meeting strangers in positions of responsibility, and being assessed and rated on your looks, manner, and capacity to present yourself. However, there are methods you can use to slow down your nervousness(anxiety) before an interview. The job interviews are applicable to both video/audio calls as well as in-person interviews. There are a number of things or techniques you can do to help calm your mind and give you the confidence to master any job interview, from practicing your PowerPoint presentation to regulating your breathing 30 minutes beforehand.

1. Relaxing before an interview

Be active in your preparation and stress management in the days and hours before an interview. Yes it could be quite difficult for you and you might not be able to find the real state of mind but when you find ways to cope or when you make some efforts so that you can cope with the feelings of anxiety and stress. You can practice breathing exercise or mindfulness techniques to calm yourself. According to Dr (Prof) R K Suri, leading psychologist and career coach.“Sit in a comfortable chair and say to yourself it’s a time to remind this discussion is to determine best fit on both sides."

2. Practicing self-care

Taking good care of your body will help you feel more relaxed and relieve all the nervous energy and stress so that you can feel relaxed and work according to the potential you are having. Getting proper rest and sleep, avoiding caffeine, and engaging in regular exercise. Maintaining good health is important while dealing with extremely difficult conditions.

3. Visualizing success

Close your eyes, go somewhere peaceful where you won't be disturbed, and imagine yourself getting the job. Success visualization is more than just the positive thoughts. When done in a proper manner, it prepares your brain to respond in a particular way. Elite athletes utilize this method to boost their performance before major competitions so that they can go for their level best.

4. Doing some research

Research is an effective anxiety buster. Find as much as you can about the company or organization before going to the interview, and practice your responses to expected or common questions which the employer asks. Every little piece of preparation will help you feel more relaxed, capable, and confident during the interview and will take you towards success in your life.

Minimize all the pressures that have nothing to do with how well you performed during the interview, such as wearing uncomfortable clothing, getting lost during the interview, or arriving late. Choose an outfit that fits well and comfortable and one you like well in advance. If the interview site is unfamiliar to you, allow plenty of time to get there or make a test run a few days ahead, taking into account the traffic and parking situations at that time will also help.

5. Be prepared

An interviewee who is well-prepared has the stronger position right away. According to Dr (Prof) R K Suri, leading psychologist and career coach“My key advice to candidates preparing for job interview is always do researchabout company, product/services, competitors,  about people who are going to interview etc.” Knowledge is power, learn everything, you could, it need to equip your self-confidence,   for a face-to-face or online interview, including:

  • Resume
  • Request letter
  • Visiting cards
  • References
  • Licenses / certifications
  • Pen and paper

What to do just before the interview

1. Avoid giving too much Pressure

You might occasionally be subjected to a stress interview when you are questioned. It could be attractive to fall into a cycle of unfavorable automatic patterns of thought, such as "They know I can't manage this work; I should never have registered" or “I think someone is already identified and will get the job."

If you ever find yourself throughout this circumstance, be aware of the interviewer's objectives and resist the need to become upset. Understand that it is merely a process of selecting the best candidate, is not merely a reflection on you or your ability and that the other applicants have also been treated in the same way.

2. Don’t start Taking the interview of the interviewer as well

You have the opportunity to know, understand, and assess a potential employer during the process of interviews. Just as they choose if they want you to work for them, you also have a choice whether you want to work for them. Put yourself in this frame of mind and observe whether your focus shifts. Inquire about how the business and make job fitment with your career objectives and aspirations by asking questions politely that demonstrate your interest.

3. Stop releasing the anxious energy

Even when you believe you have your anxiety firmly under control; it still somehow manages to leak out of you.  If you feel yourself moving in a restless manner, try anything to calm down that won't be as obvious, like flicking or tapping your toes or gently relaxing your muscles. One could also try taking some long deep breaths during or before the interview.

4. Take your own time

Take notes as your interviewer speaks if you are concerned about coming up blank during interviews. This tries to deflect attention from you and enables you to consult your notes after a question is asked. If you find yourself blank, keep writing while indicating that you'd like some time to gather your thoughts.

When you find that you are overwhelmed due to constant failures in the past, it may be that you need more professional assistance than self-help as anxiety is making it difficult for you to handle social situations like job interviews or other social engagements. This could entail counseling or anti-anxiety medication as a type of treatment or therapy. Consult your online therapist or an Online Counsellor at TalktoAngel India’s No.1 digital health wellbeing platform and connect with the Best psychologist in India and take Online Counselling to go over your symptoms and come up with a plan that will work for you.

Contributed by: Dr(Prof) R K Suri, Clinical Psychologist & Dr. Sakshi Kochhar



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