Getting nervous before the interview is a natural thing that most candidates go through.
However, when it gets out of hand, it can cause unnecessary problems for the candidate like blanking out, stuttering, not being able to focus, and so on.
But the good news here is that if you are well prepared, your nerves won’t be as bad.
Plus when you already know what to expect and have prepared for similar situations prior to the interview, you are more likely to feel more confident and less anxious.
Therefore, the best way to feel confident on your day of the interview is to prepare well in advance.
But if you still feel anxious during the day, here are some tips to help you keep your nerves under control:
- Take deep breaths. Yes, it is a cliche and you might have heard it before but it actually works. Focus on your breath and collect your thoughts while breathing in and out.
- Think positive. You’ve put in a lot of time and effort to prepare for the interview and it’s nothing you haven’t done before during your practice sessions. Believe in yourself and know that you know what to expect.
- Remember that there are plenty of other options. Even if you cannot make it through this interview, there are other options and it’s not the end of the world. At times, thinking this way helps you take some pressure off the situation and will help you calm down.
And during the interview, if you feel too nervous to speak, it’s alright to ask the interviewer for a glass of water to buy you time to recollect your thoughts and calm down.
The recruiters know that candidates feel nervous. After all, they are humans too.
Just remember that rather than blurting out something stupid out of nervousness, it’s always better to ask the recruiter for a moment to recollect your thoughts.