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8 ways to calm your pre-interview nerves

8 ways to calm your pre-interview nerves

14 Mar 11:00 by Elena Joannides

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  1. The Power Stance. Bear with me. Standing somewhere secluded in a power stance i.e. superhero, helps to loosen you up as well as aiding confidence. Fake it ‘til you make it. In the waiting room pre interview, stay standing. Once sat down you are likely to get your phone out, this then changes your stature, you are likely to be sat hunched over your phone, positioning yourself in a place of vulnerability rather than power.

  2. Smile. This works especially well for a phone interview. Smiling before answering the phone improves your tone of voice and helps you come across as more confident.

  3. Slow down on the caffeine. Instead try water, camomile tea or green tea.

  4. Adopt the ‘what is the worst thing that can happen?’ mentality. If I go for this job, do my best in the interview – worst thing that can happen is you don’t get the job.

  5. B R E A T H E

  6. Visualizing yourself in a comfortable and relaxing place, like on a tropical beach, can help calm nerves and improve your mood.

  7. Listen to some music. Calming classical music or jazz has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure and decrease stress hormones.

  8. Laughing. Take a few minutes alone to have a chuckle. Laughing has many health benefits and you’re likely to come across as more chilled and cheerful if you’ve spent a few minutes in your car pre interview watching a cat play the piano.

Woohoo! Now you are prepared to ace that interview, calm, cool and collected.