How to handle interview anxiety

Posted on 24 September '20 by , under people.

An interview can be intimidating even if you are the perfect person for the job. Improving your performance during an interview can be a matter of learning to alleviate your anxiety.

Preparing for your interview can be extremely helpful.

  • Read about the company and what they do
  • Prepare your responses to common interview questions (strengths, weaknesses, plans for the future, etc.)
  • Remind yourself of the achievements that make you worthy of the job

Change your mind-set about the interview

  • Remember that the interview is the best time to understand whether the company culture aligns with your values
  • Think about it as an opportunity to learn more about the organisation, and not just an opportunity for them to interview you

Small details

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Set aside the clothes you’ll be wearing (Dress for success!)
  • Plan to get to the interview 15 minutes ahead of time

During the interview

  • Focus on your breathing to calm yourself
  • If you need, ask for a second to gather yourself
  • Take water with you and take small sips between questions