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3 tips to overcome interview anxiety

Here’s our top tips on how to channel nervousness and not let it get the better of you.

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We know that many jobseekers struggle with interview anxiety. In fact, 41% of the jobseekers we recently asked about interview pressures said it was the biggest problem for them.

A certain amount of anxiety in a stressful situation can be a positive thing and may in fact make you sharper and help you perform better.

It becomes a problem when that little bit of nervousness spirals into a bigger feeling of interview anxiety.

Here’s our top three tips on how to channel that nervousness and not let it get the better of you:

1. Prepare

One of the best way to overcome interview nerves is by being prepared as much as possible. If you do your homework on the company and practice interview questions, it will make you feel more confident and can even make you look forward to the interview (maybe).

Having a bit of confidence can also help you channel that nervous energy into a positive. Brush up on the top things you must say in an interview to get noticed.

2. Breathe

Breathing techniques can help for some to relax into the situation. Our body’s response to feeling anxious can be quick and shallow breathing, meaning we feel even more panicked.

In the moment it is easy to forget how important it is to just stop and breathe.

Once you’re in the interview, a pause and a simple deep breath can do a world of good towards calming any jitters.

This will also help you to pace yourself. Don’t be afraid to pause for a few seconds. Interviewers expect you to pause and think before answering some questions, so it’s nothing to feel self-conscious about.

3. Pass on the coffee

Although you may (like us) rely on that morning coffee to get you going in your routine, a caffeine hit plus nerves will ramp up your adrenaline and can make you feel even more nervous and jittery than you did already.

Instead, make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before, skip the wake-up caffeine call and have a juice or something else instead with breakfast. Go for a decaf if you really need the taste of coffee!

Keep all these points in mind when prepping for your interview day and overcome those nerves!

Do you struggle with brain freeze in an interview? Check out our tips on how to overcome this here.

Looking for some more interview advice? We helped some of our jobseekers tackle common interview pressures with #TheElevatorPitch. Find out more and learn with them here.

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