Before the big day, art girl types into the google search bar desperately – *How Can I Stop Being So Nervous in Job Interviews?*
Virtually everyone gets nervous at a job interview. Even the most seasoned art girl veterans our there!
During the interview process the nerves and pressure can make us act differently. Our body seems to behave in weird ways and the sound coming out of our mouths doesn’t seem to be our usual one.
You have to answer questions and make a good impression while at the same time, trying to collect enough information to decide whether you want the job or not – which is v. stressful.
To stop nerves getting the better of you, here are some tips and exercises to help you nail those interviews.
Plan Your Outfit In Advance
Choose your outfit at least 24 hours before the interview, this will help to prevent a last-minute rush. Pick something smart that you feel comfortable in. It is best to be a little overdressed than underdressed. Read more on how to dress to impress in your next interview here.
Give The S.T.O.P Method A Go
- Stop what you’re doing and focus on your thoughts.
- Take a few deep breaths.
- Observe what’s going on in your body, emotions, and mind, and why you’re feeling them.
- Proceed with an intention to incorporate what you observed in your actions.
Go For A Walk
Fresh air does everyone a load of good. Take five minutes before you enter the building to walk around and clear your head.
Don’t Over Caffeinate Yourself
Too much caffeine can lead to anxiety and nervousness, which you do not want during an interview. Instead of drinking coffee in the morning try to follow the next step instead.
Get A Good Night’s Sleep Beforehand
A solid night will not only make you more alert but it will also help you look more fresh too. Keeping yourself in good health is paramount when facing potentially stressful situations.
Read, read, read and read some more in the days before your interview. Learn your CV inside out, know what you want from the job and research the company beforehand. Eradicate the feelings of imposter syndrome so you can be more confident in your interview.
Plan Something For Afterwards
Regardless of how you felt that the interview went, congratulate yourself afterward for taking the chance. Do something that you enjoy as a reward. Whatever it is, prepare for it to be ready for you when you’re done—this way, you have something awesome to look forward to and focus on.
Eat A Good Breakfast Or Lunch
A great interview starts with a great meal. Whether you want to go down the healthy route, something full of those energy-boosting antioxidants or indulge in your favorite comfort foods – you do you. You don’t want your tummy grumbling or hunger pains to be a distraction during the interview.
Call An (Uplifting) Friend Or Family Member
If you can’t manage to give yourself the pep talk you need nothing’s better than the encouragement of a caring, positive friend or family member.
Listen To Music
Listen to an uplifting tune. This way, you can fill your head with energy and excitement, rather than negative thoughts. Read how to make the perfect interview playlist here on The Art Gorgeous.
Chill & Remember It’s Just A Conversation
Finally, remind yourself that you’re not jumping out of an airplane, or battling a shark. You’re facing one, maybe two people, and having a nice conversation about your career. As much as you want to work for them, they’re also really hoping you’re the one. So, not all the pressure’s on you. Remember that this isn’t just going to be them grilling you—you have questions you need answered, and they’re probably nervous about making a good impression, too. And remember to be yourself! If we are being ourselves when meeting other people, we will come across as relaxed, authentic and confident. Try to use words you usually use. So, enjoy the interview and be proud of your achievements – you’re already on the shortlist so they must think pretty highly of you already. Remember to slow down, listen and be yourself. If you do that, you’ll come across as relaxed, authentic and confident. Job done.