How to deal with interview stress

The things about job searching is that it inevitably results in interviews. Interviewing is a vital part of the job-hunting process; unfortunately you can’t get around it, and it can leave people feeling anxious. If you feel stressed about your next interview, take a look at our top tips for managing your anxiety here.

Take a step back. Concentrate on slowing your breathing and pay attention to your body language; sit up straight, maintain eye contact and try not to seem restless.

Remind yourself about the positives. There’s a reason you’ve been invited to interview – because the hiring manager thinks you might have the skills and experiences needed for the role in question. That’s a good start!

Make sure you’re prepared. Think about your answers in advance to typical interview questions and make sure you’ve taken the time to research the organisation thoroughly.

It’s a two way conversation. You’re making sure this job and organisation is right for you, just as much as your interviewer is assessing your suitability for the role too.

Don’t overdo it on the coffee! A nice cup of coffee might feel like the thing you need to focus your mind but don’t have too much. Caffeine can increase your heart rate and leave you feeling more anxious than before.

Good luck with your next interview!

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