Feeling under pressure to perform makes our heart beat faster, our palms sweaty and our minds flood with ‘what if’ thoughts. This is because when under stress the body cannot distinguish between a job interview and a personal attack, we still gear up to run or fight for our lives due to our ‘flight or fight’ instinct. Here’s the good news…with a little brain power we can work through these feelings.
Job interviews are not something we should fear for our lives. On the contrary, they are an opportunity for change, for us to learn and grow. It is important for us to have this ‘fight or flight’ reaction not only because it is instinctive and needed for survival but also because it keeps us on our toes and pushes us to work hard. Therefore, we should approach it positively and try very hard to keep things in perspective. The worst thing that can happen is we don’t get the job. This is the first step to keeping calm, remembering it is just an interview and not a war zone. It shouldn’t be blown out of proportion. The mind likes to do these things, don’t let it.
Avoid negative thinking
Keep that annoying voice who seems to find all your defects and weaknesses away. If your thoughts become destructive work very hard not to let them. Counter-argue them with positive ones instead. Focus on your strengths and your achievements and believe in them. Believe in yourself and your capabilities. It has to come from you because no one else is rooting for you to succeed. Ok…maybe your loved ones but they can’t hold your hand through everything. This is on you.
We often feel more nervous if we are unprepared and unequipped to answer questions properly. If you research the company and job position well, you will feel more confident in yourself and in the answers that will flow out of you. This is key to calming your nerves.
The people interviewing you are humans just like you
Yes! They are people who also have feelings and may also be a little nervous in the interview. Their main aim is to find someone great to fill a position and not to interrogate you. Make things easier by showing them you are the person they’re looking for.
Breathe and think
You are allowed to think in an interview. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for further clarifications. This way a nice conversation will develop rather than a stiff question answer scenario.
A job interview is very normal, you’re simply going for a chat to discuss potential opportunities. Don’t build it up to be a huge thing in your head. The interviewer wants you to be yourself so they can see if you will be a good fit for their organisation. A certain amount of nerves is understandable of course, but it doesn’t need to be excessive. Once again, don’t let your mind run away with you. Try to keep yourself grounded.
We always say this in our articles because it is so important. If you don’t get the job for being yourself then thank your lucky stars you didn’t get it. No one wants to work in a place they can’t be their true selves in.
Ultimately, believe in yourself and your capabilities. This is the time to allow yourself to shine not put yourself down. Go out there and show them what you've got!