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Strategies to Manage Anxiety Before the Interview

Strategies to Manage Anxiety Before the Interview

Like most job seekers, you might experience anxiety before an interview. Preparing to show how your education, skills, and experience qualify you for a role can be stressful. You want to demonstrate that you are best qualified and should advance in the hiring process.

Fortunately, you can take steps to manage your anxiety before the interview. These methods can help.

Choose among these strategies to manage anxiety before an interview.

Practice Breathwork

Take long, deep breaths to release carbon dioxide and anxiety from your body. Inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of two, and exhale for a count of four. Controlling your breath helps you relax.

Monitor Your Stress Level

Implement effective methods for stress reduction:

  • Write down positive thoughts and affirmations about the interview process.
  • Ask a family member or friend for encouragement and support.
  • Listen to energizing or relaxing music.
  • Laugh about a funny podcast or comedian.
  • Practice yoga
  • Meditate
  • Plan to celebrate after your interview.

Visualize Interview Success

Picture yourself confidently performing throughout the interview. Include your open body language, clear answers to the questions, and concise stories demonstrating your skills and experience. Visualization supports positive outcomes for your interview.

Prepare for the Interview

Learn all you can about the organization and the role:

  • Research the company’s website and social media pages.
  • Determine the company mission, vision, and values and how they are carried out.
  • Read employer reviews.
  • Find out what current and former employees like and dislike about the organization.
  • Prepare several questions about the company and role.

Participate in Mock Interviews

Partner with a family member or friend to practice answering interview questions. Ask for constructive feedback on each round of questions. Implement the feedback to elevate your performance and confidence.

Consider Your Interview Answers

Take a breath and organize your thoughts before answering an interview question. Consider what you want to say and how you want to say it. If you need more time, let the interviewer know you would like to think for a moment and share a specific example.

Partner with a Staffing Firm

Work with a recruiter from a staffing firm that specializes in your industry. The recruiter can provide coaching and support throughout the hiring process to help you manage your anxiety before an interview.

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