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  • Writer's pictureKaren Gittins

Dreaded Interview Nerves - How to Deal With Them

Remember that interview nerves are common, and most interviewers understand that candidates may be anxious. With preparation and practice, you can boost your confidence and improve your chances of success.

1. Prepare Thoroughly: The more you know about the company, the role, and the interview process, the more confident you will feel. Research the company, review the job description, and practice answers to common interview questions.

2. Practice Mock Interviews: Conduct mock interviews with a friend or career coach. This will help you get used to the interview format and receive feedback on your answers and body language.

3. Deep Breathing Practice deep breathing exercises to calm your nerves. Taking slow, deep breaths can help reduce anxiety. Try inhaling for a count of four, holding for four, and exhaling for four. Breathing is essential – make sure you are breathing into your diaphragm and not just filling up your lungs!

4. Visualization Before the interview, visualize yourself succeeding. Imagine yourself confidently answering questions and engaging with the interviewer. Positive visualization can help boost your confidence.

5. Positive Self-Talk: Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Remind yourself of your qualifications and achievements that make you a strong candidate for the position.

6. Prepare Questions: Have a list of questions to ask the interviewer. This not only shows your interest but also gives you an opportunity to take control of the conversation, which can reduce nerves.

7. Practice Active Listening: During the interview, focus on what the interviewer is saying rather than worrying about how you are coming across. Active listening can help you respond more effectively.

8. Body Language: Maintain good posture, make eye contact, and offer a firm handshake. Positive body language can convey confidence even when you're feeling nervous.

9. Accept Nervousness: Remember that it's normal to feel nervous before an interview. Accepting this feeling rather than fighting it can help you manage it better.

10. Stay Hydrated: Bring a bottle of water with you to the interview. Taking a sip when you feel nervous can be calming.

11. Ask for Clarification: If you don't understand a question, don't be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat or clarify it. This shows you are engaged and want to provide thoughtful answers.

12. Follow-up: After the interview, send a thank-you email expressing your gratitude for the opportunity. This can leave a positive impression and alleviate some post-interview anxiety.

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