Mar 6, 2024 | Mental Health

Tips to Help with Job Interview Anxiety

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Searching for a job can be extremely overwhelming, and even more so if you struggle with anxiety. Often, the fear of the unknown, along with the pressure of feeling the need to succeed, can feel like a tremendous weight on your shoulders. However, it is important to remember that job interview anxiety is quite common, and people feel a varying degree of stress when it is time to sit down in front of a potential employer.  

Today, we are eager to discuss tips aimed at managing anxiety and enhancing confidence for your next interview. 

Do your homework 

Before submitting your application, you will check into the company you applied to. But once you have an interview lined up, it is time to really get to know them on a deeper level. Dive into their website to understand their values and mission, and do not hesitate to ask around your network for more information. You will want to be as informed as possible. 

Along with the organization, you want to understand, and thoroughly consider, the aspects of the role you will be interviewing for. If there are questions you have, or areas you want clarification, be sure to make note so that you can bring them up. 

Preparation is key 

Once you have done your due diligence, you want to prepare as much as possible. In many cases, anxiety is heightened when faced with the unknown. Take some time to consider interview questions that might be asked. A quick Google search will help find some helpful lists.  

Reach out to friends or connections that work in a similar industry who might be able to offer insight into questions you might be asked. While you do not want to memorize your answers to questions, you do want to think of specific examples that you can draw on throughout the interview. A wonderful way to practice is to conduct a mock interview. Ask someone you respect and trust to conduct one with you, so that you can rehearse potential scenarios, which will help settle your anxiety.

It is also a great idea to produce a few questions to ask the interviewer. This shows that you have given the position thought, while also making a positive impression. Posing questions also allows you the opportunity to clarify or address any concerns that will help you make an informed decision should the position be offered to you. 

Check your mindset 

While it can be challenging to avoid negative self-talk prior to an interview, use some techniques that work for you to help create a positive attitude. Reassure yourself of your strengths and accomplishments and remember that you are prepared and equipped for the role.  

Arrive early to avoid feeling rushed, allowing yourself time to take a few deep breaths, engage in a brief pep talk, and calm your nerves before entering the room.  

Stay focused 

During your interview, prioritize the conversation at hand. Do not worry about what is ahead, or what you did or did not do prior to the interview. Use positive body language, smile, and nod your head when being spoken to. Sit in a relaxed position and avoid crossing your arms. Actively listen to the interviewer’s questions and respond thoughtfully. It is completely acceptable to ask for a moment to collect your thoughts before answering. If you are not sure about what is being asked, do not be afraid to ask for clarification.  

No matter the outcome, remember that each interview is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow. Reflect on what went well and consider where you could improve moving forward. 

It is natural to feel nervous! However, by implementing these strategies, you allow yourself the opportunity to help mitigate your anxiety and present yourself in the best possible light.  

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