For many of us anxiety is situational and temporary, however anxiety can impact a person’s daily routine. An interview can be a daunting time for anyone but if you’re heading into the hot seat and you suffer from anxiety, we have some tips for you!
Being prepared is more than just planning your journey, preparing questions and reading up on the company’s history. It’s also about finding every reason as to why you are the only candidate for the role. File important paperwork such as certificates and references so that you can strengthen your case and be sure to schedule a holiday day as early as possible if you’re working.
Meditate to success
Consider meditation to help get into the right frame of mind. Mindfulness meditation focuses on being in the present and being aware of your feelings without being caught up in them. With an almost endless supply of videos, articles and apps to help you - meditation could give you the edge you need.
Practice makes perfect
The best part about an interview is that most of it can be prepared for ahead of time. You can be fairly sure of the kind of questions you’ll be asked and it’s a good idea to prepare your answers. Know your own CV inside out and be confident about expanding on any part of it.
Take your time
There is no time constraint in an interview so you can go at your own pace. Take your time, listen to the interviewer’s questions and think about your answers. It’s okay to take a brief pause and use the questions asked by the interviewer to gather your thoughts.
Although anxiety can put the breaks on talking confidently in an interview, it’s important to remember that an interview is not an exam and speaking when spoken to definitely doesn’t apply. An interview is the time to find out what you are getting into and before you show up, have questions written down so that you leave the interview knowing everything about the role.
Regardless of whether you think the interview was better or worse than you expected, the rest of the process is beyond your control. Nevertheless, you attended the interview and tackled it professionally, so reward yourself!