We all get nervous from time to time, and sometimes it can feel like your nerves are holding you back. With a job interview just around the corner it is important to understand how to rein in your nerves and present yourself in the best light.
Look after yourself
Start your day in the best possible way, have a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, stay hydrated, and wear professional clothes which make you feel confident and comfortable. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the interview and remove as many stressors as you can in the lead up. It is amazing how much anxiety can fade away if you are in control of your environment, and if you are feeling good in yourself this will be reflected in your interview style.
Have a think about what it is that is making you feel nervous. Think about the times you have felt confident in the past, and how you can replicate those circumstances now. Some people use exercise as stress relief, others mediate or listen to music. Figuring out what works for you, and getting into a routine which calms your nerves can be an important tool, and many of the most confident people you meet will have their own methods to combat and mask their own nerves.
If you feel like you are unprepared then taking action to rectify this will make you feel much better. Research the role, find out as much about the company as you can, read about similar roles and what might make you stand out from the crowd. Make a list of questions you might be asked and practise your responses in front of a mirror or with a friend.
Be kind to yourself
It's easy to feel like you are the only one who has to deal with nerves. The structure of an interview will often see you on one side of the table with two or three panelists, already at ease in their surroundings, already acquainted with each other, and with nothing to lose, all focused on you. Try to remember that anyone who is interviewing you has been in your shoes before. They felt exactly the same way, and have probably beaten themselves up about their own shortcomings at some stage. Yes, you need to impress these people, but they understand that this is a high pressure environment and won't hold your nerves against you. If you are well-prepared, well-presented and make an effort to engage with the panelists, you are already well on your way towards making a good impression.