How to cope with Job Interview Stress

How to cope with Job Interview Stress

Interviews are very stressful situations. Being stressed can lead to nerves, forgetfulness and making silly mistakes during your interview. You can look great on your c.v and have a glowing list of endorsements on LinkedIn, but how you appear in person will have a huge impact on your success. If you’re getting sweaty palms and your heart is beating away at the mere of thought of a face to face interview, then KennedyPearce have some top tips to help you deal with stress in an interview:

1) Be Well Prepared:

A simple one to get you started – the more prepared you are the less stressed out you will be. So make sure before your interview you have the following check offed:

– Get your interview clothes ready beforehand

– Print off copies of your C.V

– Plan your routTUBECOMMUTEese beforehand, if you can do a test run so you know exactly how long it will take for the time you will be travelling

– Research typical interview questions and suggested answers. There’s a lot to look at on our KennedyPearce blog

– Go through your C.V and work out your USP, what experience and expertise makes you stand out?

2) Prepare you body

Now your mind is focused it’s time to prepare your body. Make sure you get enough sleep the night before your big interview so you are rested and not adding tiredness to your list of factors causing your stress. In the days leading up to the interview make sure you are looking after yourself properly. Eating healthier foods, undertaking some exercise and ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep are all essential practical things that can have a positive impact overall.

3)  Put things in perspective

magnifying-glass-450691_640Now you’re all prepared and know what’s to do, it’s time to put things into perspective to help ease those stress and nervousness levels. In the big scheme of things remember that it is just an interview. Even if you do fail, remember it’s not a representation that you’re inadequate, after all how can an interviewer really know your potential from a piece of A4 paper and a thirty minute discussion with you? In the grand scheme of your life the interview is just taking up one small portion of it. So remember this and don’t let the nerves and stress get to you. Be prepared and do the best you can on the day.

We hope that when next faced with an interview, these tips on how to cope with Interview Stress will go some way towards helping you, should you need it.
Got any other tips you’d like to share? Why not let us know via the comments section below.

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