Nervous about an interview? 5 tips to help you feel confident

You’ve just had the call offering you an interview. You feel overjoyed but, very quickly, the reality of being interviewed starts to take hold and your palms begin to sweat.

First impressions are very important in an interview, so you want to go in with your head held high feeling confident about your abilities.

Following these 5 tips can help you to achieve this.

1.    Prepare as much as you can

Most people fear interviews because it’s impossible to know exactly what you will be asked. Making sure you have thought of answers to lots of different questions will help to calm your nerves. Go through the job description thoroughly and take notes about how your experience is relevant for the job. Also, try practising your answers with a friend or family member.

2.    Positive thinking

Negative thoughts fuel anxiety. Try thinking of the job interview as an exciting opportunity for you rather than something to dread. Remember, they’ve selected you for an interview because they believe you can do the job! Don’t spend all your time worrying about whether there will be better candidates than you. Instead, think about what makes you great.

3.    Healthy body, healthy mind

It can be tempting to stay up late before an interview, with a cup of coffee in hand. After all, this will give you more time to prepare. It’s actually much more beneficial for you to get an early night and some quality sleep. Eating well and exercising the day before will help with this.

Going for a walk before the interview (if you have time) can also be a good way to clear your mind.

4.    Try to have an easy morning

When you’re already uptight and nervous, the last thing you want is for anything unexpected to happen, which could make you feel worse.

Make sure you have planned how you will get to the interview and also decide what you will wear well in advance. Aim to have an easy and calm morning so you don’t arrive flustered.

5.    Plan a reward for yourself

This can be anything from buying that new outfit you’ve been eyeing up to meeting friends for a trip to the cinema. Knowing you have something to look forward to will make the day more enjoyable, and having a distraction afterwards will stop you from analysing every answer you gave.

Good luck with your interview!

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