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Ways to help reduce interview anxiety

Posted on 14 December 2022

Ways to help reduce interview anxiety

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Interview anxiety is a common concern among candidates. After all, there's a lot riding on the outcome of your interview. It's natural to feel nervous or anxious before as well as during an interview. However, if you let your anxiety take over, it can adversely affect your interview performance. The good news is that you can learn ways to help reduce your anxiety and ace the interview by following these tips:


Ask a friend to do a practice interview with you.

This sounds simple, but it is one of the best ways to ease interview nerves. Have a friend or family member ask you questions that are relevant to your skills and experience. They can ask questions related to the company, and they can ask questions related to the role for which you're applying.

The interviewer wants to see how you handle pressure and how well-prepared you are for the role. The more prepared and confident you are during this practice interview, the better off both parties will be when it comes time for an actual interview!


Prepare for your interview by researching the company and role so you know what to expect.

Research the company and role so you know what to expect. You should research not only the company, but also the industry and market that it operates in, who your interviewers will be, and how they may approach or evaluate you. If possible, do this research before you even meet with a recruiter or hiring manager at that company. That way, when they ask about their culture (and they will), you can speak with confidence about how their values align with yours - while also demonstrating an understanding of details like where they sit on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list etc.


Anticipate their questions and practise your answers.

Another way to reduce interview anxiety is by anticipating your interviewers' questions and preparing your answers in advance. You can find out a lot about the company by researching it online, but don't neglect to research the role they're hiring for too. If you know what skills they want to see in candidates and how they're looking at things like problem-solving and teamwork, you'll be better prepared for what might be asked of you during an interview.


Read up on commonly asked questions, especially the harder ones, so you're not caught off guard.

There’s nothing more awkward than being thrown off guard by a question you didn’t prepare for. It's also not fair to your interviewer, who deserves the best performance possible from you. So, before your next interview, read up on commonly asked questions, especially the harder ones, so you're not caught off guard. You can learn from the questions asked of other candidates and try out their responses in advance of your interview. If that seems too far away or difficult to do (and we get it—they are hard!) then simply ask friends who have been through similar interviews or even ask your recruiter what types of questions tend to come up most frequently that might be relevant for you as well (if they don't tell you outright).


Use your nerves to your advantage by using breathing techniques to calm yourself down.

It's important to remember that you're not alone in feeling nervous about an interview. Feeling nervous is natural and normal, so don't worry if you do get a bit of anxiety on the day of your interview. The best way to handle it is by using breathing techniques, visualisation, relaxation techniques and self-talk. You can also distract yourself with music or even a walk around the block before your interview begins will help calm you down too! If you find yourself struggling with these techniques during the actual interview itself then try positive self-talk instead which can be as simple as saying “I am confident” or “This is going well” under your breath while answering questions during an interview until they become true statements.


Look at it as an opportunity to demonstrate all of your skills rather than focusing on what can go wrong.

You can help manage your nerves by looking at it as an opportunity to demonstrate all of your skills rather than focusing on what can go wrong. Remember, this is a chance for you to shine! So take the time in advance to prepare with a few mock interviews and role-plays. Make sure that you have practiced confidently answering common interview questions and have worked on getting feedback from others so that you can learn more about yourself and how others perceive you.

Once the interview is underway, try to stay calm and focused while remaining aware of what is happening around you—your interviewer probably isn’t paying attention either! Remember that everyone makes mistakes; we just need to focus on how we will correct them or use them as learning opportunities instead of letting them be detrimental factors when determining whether someone is right for their job or not


Hopefully, these tips will help you feel less anxious about your next interview. We realise that for some people, this is easier said than done and that it can be really hard to quiet your nerves at the moment when there’s so much at stake. But we hope you’ll give these solutions a try and see how they work for you. We know they might not solve every single problem, but we do believe they can help!

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