Let’s Tackle Pre-Interview Jitters: 5 Small Acts That Work Wonders

By September 22, 2021 March 31st, 2022 Women, Work

It’s the big day, interview time! You’ve done all the research, learned all you can about the company and now it’s time for you to shine. You are ready! Chances are whoever you are interviewing with is as nervous about making a good impression on you as you are about making a good impression on them. I have personally conducted hundreds of interviews over the last 10 years and can attest to the nerves we feel going into interviewing our future teammates.

Regardless of how much you’ve prepared and how much relevant experience you have to offer you will most likely feel nervous, anxious even. From a physiological perspective, arousal and anxiety are the same thing. Too much arousal will result in increased anxiousness, and your performance in the job interview will likely suffer because of it. On the same vein, if there’s too little arousal, you could come off as disengaged or tired. [1]

To get in the mindset for your peak performance, you need to do a self-check and recognize how you’re feeling and determine what you need to get into the mental state to perform at your best. Recalling a moment in your life when you felt successful will undoubtedly help you find your confidence’s sweet spot which is key during a job interview.

Athletes also use motivation specific imagery to recall a time when they succeeded to bring back those same feelings, in order to dissuade the nervousness. And finally, motivational general mastery is commonly used by athletes to feel more confident, but you can tap into it as well. Simply, imagine yourself focused, prepared, confident, and ready-to-go. This will help you gain confidence and overcome your nerves about upcoming events.[2]

Here are 5 small acts that work wonders:

  1. Go for a walk or, if you’re feeling ambitious, a run to release all those healthy endorphins. Fresh air does everyone good!
  2. Make an interview cheat sheet. Write down the 3 main things you’d like to get across in the interview. Take one last look at it before your interview & go gettem!
  3. Eat a good breakfast or lunch. No one can deliver their best interview with a grumbling belly!
  4. Remind yourself it’s just a conversation. You are learning about them just as they are about you. They are nervous about making a good impression on you as well.
  5. Go over all logistical details way in advance, the who, where, & when. If you’re driving to it, do a dry run. If it’s via video, check the connectivity, background, & lighting.

You will do amazing and they’ll be lucky to have you on their team. Go knock it out of the park!