Interviewing for a job can be quite stressful for some candidates, both because it represents a potentially huge career opportunity that could change the course of their lives and because they very much feel as though they're being put on the spot.
And while in many cases there's no way to truly get over how consequential a successful interview could be, there are plenty of de-stressing options people can use to take the edge off:
1) Think of calming things
There are plenty of jokes in pop culture about people in stressful situations trying to "find a happy place" but experts say it actually works, according to Job Hunt. Take a few minutes in the parking lot or on the subway en route to the office to close your eyes, put on a song you like and think about a relaxing scene such as the woods or the beach. You might be surprised how much this can calm you down.
2) Study up
The more you can do to prepare for the interview in a number of ways, the more confident you're likely to be going in, Job Hunt added. If you're not familiar with its location, review the directions a few times so you'll feel confident you won't get lost. Read as much as you can about the company in advance. Brush up on the knowledge needed in the job you're interviewing for. Simply put, it's impossible to overprepare for any interview.
One of the big reasons interviews can be so stressful for job seekers is they don't happen every day, and those who have been looking for a position for a while may place particular importance on every single meeting, according to The Balance Careers. As such, if you can get a friend or family member to play the role of interviewer and talk you through such a meeting, you might be more inclined to feel relaxed for the real thing.
4) Don't think negatively
While nerves will often lead to concerns that you're going to blow the interview, it doesn't do anyone any good to dwell on that, The Balance Careers advised. Rather than fretting about the missteps you might (but probably won't) make, instead you should think about potential questions you could be asked and what your answers will be.
5) Think about why they're interviewing you
It's important to keep in mind that you're being called in for an interview because the company thinks you're one of the most impressive candidates out of the dozens or even hundreds who might have applied, according to Harvard Business Review. As a consequence, they're probably already predisposed to think you're a good candidate and are interested to hear what you can bring to the table.
6) Use the 'thank you' email to clarify
Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes you might say something in an interview you want to take back or clarify after the fact, the Harvard Business Review noted. Since you should be sending a "thank you" email after every interview anyway, you should use that opportunity to get your messaging right. Usually, hiring managers aren't going to hold that against you.
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