Some most common seen ways of being nervous during a job interview are sweaty palms, nervous twitching and dry mouth. It is very normal that you have one of the above reaction and it will be cool as long as such nervousness doesn’t affect your ability to do well at your interview. Hence, if you are nervous about the upcoming interview, here are some useful tips to help you get rid of your anxiety.
1. Be well prepared for the interview.
Most of the nervousness comes from knowing less about what to expect during the interview. Get a close friend or a family member to help you do a mock interview and you will feel more confident and less nervous. Prior to the interview, you should drive to the scheduled location so that you will know how long it actually takes to get there and the parking details. Print and carry extra copies of your resume and some other necessary documents such as qualification certificates and personal references in case one of your interviewer doesn’t have them in hand. On the day of the interview, arrive at the site at least ten to twenty minute earlier than the appointment time.
2. Take deep breaths.
By taking deep breaths, you will be able to release some of the nervous energy, so that it can help you relax throughout the interview process. Please keep in mind that the right way to take deep breaths is to breathe in through nose while contract your abdomen, and breathe out of your mouth while release your abdomen.
3. Distract yourself by reading your resume.
When you are waiting for the interview to start, you can distract yourself a little bit from having nervous thoughts by reading your resume. Reading your resume can also help remind you of the accomplishments that you have achieved in the past years and why you are a good fit for the position. It also acts as a last-minute practice before answering questions about your education and previous work experience.
4. Don’t worry about it!
Maybe you follow some of the tips but you still have sweaty palms, and you should not worry about that! Find something in your packet so that you can wipe your hands before the interview. Just wipe your sweaty hands and walk into the interview, giving your interviewer a firm handshake. Tell yourself at the same time that how great you are and everything will be fine when the interview ends.
*Image source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/03/26/14-tips-for-staying-calm-during-a-job-interview/