Here's how you can conquer nervousness and anxiety during an interview. (2024)

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Visualize Success

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Control Physiology

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Master First Impressions

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Engage Actively

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Reflect Positively

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Interviews can be daunting, but with the right mindset and preparation, you can conquer the nerves that come with them. Anxiety stems from uncertainty and the fear of underperforming. However, by implementing specific strategies, you can transform this anxiety into confidence. These strategies range from mental preparation to practical rehearsal, all designed to give you the upper hand in showcasing your best self during an interview. Remember, it's about more than just answering questions; it's about presenting who you are in a composed and assured manner.

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1 Prepare Thoroughly

Thorough preparation is your first line of defense against interview anxiety. Familiarize yourself with the company, role, and industry. Understand the job description inside out and reflect on how your skills and experiences align with the position. Practice your responses to common interview questions, but avoid memorizing them word-for-word to keep your delivery natural. The more you prepare, the more confident you'll feel walking into the interview, and the less room there will be for anxiety to take hold.

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    I believe it’s always best to be honest. Trying to make up things during interview to fit the job profile causes nervousness and anxiety. Better to decline answering if you aren’t sure rather than an incorrect one .

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    Being nervous is natural. Biologically nervousness is a sign of body preparing itself to meet the "challenge" . It aggravates more turning to anxiety depending on the situation of the candidate -- desperation to impress to get job etc. A few things done by both candidate and interviewer can help ease out.To be Natural and Honest : Pretense has no life, it is important to be open and honest. When you are natural you automatically calm down.Prepare : Nothing can substitute this, do your research and get the necessary things in your belt.Not to make it a Big Deal: Training your mind that attending interview is another "task".Making the environment relaxed(Interviewer), He/she can be relaxed and make the candidate relaxed as well.

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    My advice is to always just be yourself and treat the interview as a two way conversation, it should flow naturally. There’s always many pieces of a puzzle that need fit together, use the interview to ensure you get all of your questions answered. Questions are incredibly important. Make sure you are prepared!

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    Nervousness and anxiety can be a result of uncertainty. The more you can reduce the level of uncertainty, the more confident you will feel in an interview setting. How can you reduce uncertainty? in my experience, the answer is simplify and be specific. Simplify by running through different scenarios - for eg. type of questions you may be asked and possible answers to those questions. And then get specific by drawing on your past experience - for eg. what type of projects or situations have you been through that may offer clear examples throughout the interview process?You'll be surprised at how much you can adapt during the interview itself by just having a few key examples at the ready.

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2 Visualize Success

Visualization is a powerful tool used by athletes and professionals alike. Spend time imagining a successful interview experience. Picture yourself answering questions with confidence, maintaining good posture, and building rapport with the interviewer. This mental rehearsal can build a positive mindset and reduce the fear of the unknown. By visualizing success, you're mentally equipping yourself to perform at your best.

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  • Deborah P. Talent Acquisition Manager @ Columbus Metropolitan Library | Certified Coach | Talent Finder
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    Visualization is a strong tool to mentally prepare for the interview process. A positive mindset and optimistic attitude can build your confidence. Visualize yourself receiving the offer, allow yourself to feel happy in anticipation of a successful interview. Always remember that things are always working out for you. Don’t focus on what could go wrong. Focus your attention on bringing your best self to the interview.

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    Visualization is the most powerful tool to gear up for an interview. A positive mindset and optimistic attitude build the inner confidence to prepare for any challenges in life. Visualize that you cracked the interview with an offer letter in hand rather than thinking on the negatives or drawbacks. Focussing will bring the best out of you in any sphere of life.

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3 Control Physiology

Your body's response to stress can exacerbate feelings of anxiety. Learn to control your physiological reactions by practicing deep breathing exercises or mindfulness techniques before the interview. These practices can lower your heart rate and calm your nerves. Additionally, engage in light physical activity on the day of the interview, such as a brisk walk, to help reduce stress hormones and increase endorphins for a more relaxed state of mind.

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    Some suggestions..Deep breathing,Voice modulation,Smiling demeanour,Movement n controlled hand gestures all help in controlling our anxiety n nerves!!

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    Take a pause before you answer. Don't end up in a hurry. Wait till the interviewer finishes her question.Ask for clarification if you don't understand the question.Be hydrated. Drink at least 250 ml of water before you enter into the discussion.Take those initial 20 sec to settle down in that environment.

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4 Master First Impressions

First impressions are crucial in an interview. Dress appropriately for the role and company culture to boost your confidence. Arrive early to allow yourself time to acclimate to the environment and reduce stress. Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and greet your interviewer with a smile. These actions not only convey confidence but also set a positive tone for the conversation that follows.

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    The first 2-3 minutes is your sales pitch and the person across is all ears for what you bring on the table therefore be very thorough with your professional introduction

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    First impressions matter. If you are working with an outside firm or the inside recruiter, ask them what is appropriate dress for the company. Sometimes being over dressed is as detrimental as being underdressed.This is true at all levels.

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    Nothing beats being on time to an interview and being polite during the conversation. Dress-to-impress should not be your main priority.

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5 Engage Actively

During the interview, focus on engaging actively with your interviewer. Listen carefully to each question and take a moment to collect your thoughts before responding. Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method to structure your answers clearly and effectively. By actively participating in the dialogue, you'll feel more in control of the situation, which can significantly diminish feelings of anxiety.

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    An interview is an opportunity to an opportunity. It's normal to not have all the answers. It is also okay if you don't fit the bill completely. If not this one then another, and another, this is not the last opportunity. Keep your focus on what's being asked/discussed. Put on your thinking hat and try to answer as honestly as possible. Never worry about the result. Enjoy the process. Nervousness helps prepare and perform better. Don't let it paralyze you, use it to do your best.

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    To top STAR off, add an E on the end. No, don't STARE at the interviewer (but do maintain good eye contact!). Tell them what your evaluation was from your example. I.e. what did you learn, or was there anything you would have done differently? This shows you are willing to learn and grow as an individual.

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6 Reflect Positively

Post-interview reflection is as important as the preparation. Regardless of how you perceive the interview went, reflect on what you did well. Acknowledge areas for improvement without dwelling on them negatively. This positive reflection reinforces your strengths and prepares you for future interviews by turning every experience into a learning opportunity.

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    The best way to look at your experiences in life and work and use them in every step of the process as a positive experience. Even family interactions and home life teach us how to manage stress, nerves and situations and these should be brought forth in an interview. Keeping a track of relevant examples and scenarios allows you to reflect and stay clam.

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    It is important to have a positive body language. Sit up straight, make eye contact, and smile. Maintaining a confident body language can trick your brain into feeling more confident. Positive body language not only helps create a favorable impression on the interviewer but also contributes to your own sense of confidence and control during the interview process.

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    Interviews are opportunities for connection and learning, so curiosity and deep listening are important. Instead of thinking about it as a high-stakes meeting that has to turn out one way and is full of pressure, think about it as a wonderful opportunity to ask them questions, listen for their pain points, and make sure they address any of your questions as well. Interviews are about curiosity, competency, connection, and community.

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    Conquering nervousness and anxiety during interviews involves preparation, practice, and mindset. Research the company, practice common interview questions, visualize success, and remember that the interviewer wants you to succeed. Deep breathing and positive self-talk can also help calm nerves.

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