interview nerves

August 25, 2015, by Laura Estrop

8 Foolproof Ways to Banish Pre-Interview Nerves

You spent hours perfecting your CV and covering letter, and you’ve finally been invited to an interview, great! But now it’s the night before the interview and no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to completely relax.

If you need a bit of help mastering those pre-interview nerves, you’ve come to the right place. This handy guide will have you feeling more confident and relaxed before you head off to that all important interview.

1. Turn up the music

Listening to your favourite songs can elevate your mood and can help clear your head of stress and worry. Soothing classical music is also a good call if you’re looking to completely de-stress, but any song that makes you feel better is good to listen to. My go-to song in this situation is Roar by Katy Perry; it has a positive can-do attitude that psyches me up for any upcoming stressful situations.

2. Dress to impress

If you’re interviewing at a very formal company, make sure you put on a smart suit or dress. Likewise, if you’re interviewing for a creative design agency, make a note to dress more along the lines of smart-casual. Dressing appropriately for the part will give you that extra little bit of confidence and make you less likely to worry about being over or under dressed.

3. Prepare, prepare, prepare

It may sound obvious, but one way to make you feel less nervous about an upcoming interview is to think about the questions you may be asked and preparing your answers. Get a friend or family member to ask some questions and rate your answers. Also, don’t forget to research the company you’re applying to before you go in!

4. Eat, but keep it light

If your interview is early in the morning, make time to have some breakfast. Stick to something light, such as a small bowl of porridge with a banana. If you’re interview is in the afternoon, don’t skip lunch, eat a salad or a piece of fruit. Even if you feel too nervous to eat, eating something small is better than having your stomach rumbling during the interview.

5. Make sure you can go the distance

Something simple as knowing where you’re going and how long it will take to get there will lessen any of the last minute stresses. The night before the interview, make sure to plan your route so you know where you’re going and don’t get lost.

6. Learn some simple relaxation techniques

Some subtle relaxation techniques for when you are in the interview include gently pressing on the pressure point in the back of your hand. The NHS has some good tips on deep muscle relaxation techniques.

7. It’s never too late to ask for help

If your interview isn’t for another week or so and you’re still unsure about the best ways to prepare, then make an appointment to talk to a careers adviser. We are open all year round and if you’re an alumni, you can use our services for life.

8. Finally, take a deep breath

If you’re sitting waiting to be brought in for the interview, one deep, controlled breath can help you to clear your head at that all important final moment.

If you want to know the best places to start researching employers or would like some interview advice, then have a look at our website.

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