Getting invited to interview for that exciting new job is, understandably, a cause for celebration. The down side however is the stress that is often associated with the interview itself. As a pivotal experience within your career trajectory, you need to make a positive impact during this interview, making it extremely important to reduce these stress levels as much as possible. Here are a few of our top hints and tips for reducing interview stress and helping you to make that positive lasting impression.
The night before
- Make sure that you are as prepared as possible for the interview; undertake plenty of research about the company and vacancy, as well as its location. Print out any supporting material that you are planning to take with you and have it ready and waiting in a presentation folder
- Plan your route/ print out directions/ make sure your sat nav is working
- Get a good night’s sleep. If you’re having trouble ‘switching off’ try a relaxing bath or exercising (or any other activity that helps to relax you)
Before the interview
- Eat a good breakfast. You don’t want a rumbling tummy during your interview
- Leave in plenty of time, allowing for traffic. It is always better to be early than late
- Make sure you have a contact telephone number for your interviewer. In-case you are unavoidably late, you must call and let your interviewer know
- When you arrive, don’t be afraid to use the toilet or ask for a glass of water
During the interview
- Take a few deep breaths before you start talking
- Take your time, don’t rush
- Keep smiling
After your interview
Waiting for feedback can be equally stressful, but unfortunately you need to get on with things and simply wait for that call. If you don’t hear anything within a few days, don’t be afraid to call your recruitment agency and ask for feedback.
Got any other tips on how to keep interview anxiety in check? Let us know.