Thursday, 5 May 2011

10 Ways To Stop Or Reduce Interview Stress Or Tension

It’s important to remember when
you’re going for a job interview
that the purpose of the interview
is to assess your suitability for
the job. You are not being
assessed as a parent or an
athlete or a lover, unless of
course, those qualifications and
skills are needed to do the job
for which you are applying.
Don’t frame the interview as a
cross-examination that will
determine your value as a
person. The job interview will
probably take 30 minutes of your
life and it should be seen as an
important occasion but not an
evaluation of your life. Your
tombstone will not contain any
references to this job interview.
It is only a very tiny part of your
Your integrity and authenticity as
a person are exactly the same
after the job interview as they
were before the job interview.
Think of the event as a
conversation about a job and
this will probably make you feel
more at ease.
Here are ten suggestions on
things you can do to reduce the
1. Make a list of things that you
are likely to enjoy about it.
For example you might enjoy the
drive to the interview, or the
location in which it will be held. It
could be a place you ’ve never
visited before and you may have
some interesting things to see
and explore.
You will almost certainly meet
people that you may have never
met before and there is always
an outside chance that some of
these new people could become
lifelong friends, or lovers if the
chemistry is right. You cannot
possibly predict what
opportunities will arise from the
people encounters.
2. Good preparation is essential
to reduce the stress of the
If you are well prepared and
have done some research about
the organisation then that can
certainly help. As part of your
preparations for the interview
visit the website of the company
or organisation that you’ll be
visiting and learn as much as you
possibly can about them.
Corporate websites contain a lot
of useful information that will
inform and prepare you. The
interviewers will be impressed if
you demonstrate knowledge
about the organisation.
3. Approach the interview with
the right mindset.
One of the most important things
to do is to go to the interview
with the right mindset. Turn your
focus away from asking yourself
things like what can the job do
for me to the alternative focus of
what can I do for the job.
Make a list of all the things you
can do to add value to that
organisation using your skills,
past experience and knowledge.
If you go to the interview
focused on what you can do for
the organisation then this will
certainly create a very good
impression and greatly increases
your chances of getting the job.
4. Rehearse the job interview
using positive visualization.
A few hours prior to attending
the interview visualize yourself
going through the interview in a
relaxed calm and a professional
way and actually enjoying the
process. You may even visualize
yourself being surprised at how
well it is going. This will certainly
help you with your stress levels
and relax you and prepare you
for the event in as positive a way
as possible.
5. Organize the details and
tasks you need to cover for the
Make a list of the things that you
actually need to do on the day of
the interview. For example
decide what clothes you are
going to wear, what documents
or items you might be taking to
the interview such as references
or other material that is required.
Wherever possible avoid taking
pets or children with you to the
Make sure you know where you
are going. Double check the
address of the interview and the
specific room, factory or floor in
which it will be held. The latter is
really important to sort out if the
interview is to take place in a
high rise building. You may need
to consult a map or discuss with
your friends about the best way
of getting there.
Take with you your contact
telephone numbers just in case
something unexpected occurs on
the way. If anything does happen
you will be able to ring up and
explain that you ’re inadvertently
6. Get to the interview in plenty
of time.
Arrive in plenty of time to the
interview so that you can relax in
your surroundings and just
compose yourself before actually
talking to the people who will be
assessing you for the job
position. Once you are in the
waiting room and you have
some time to spare you can calm
your mind and focus on the
7. Expect to feel a little nervous
and welcome it.
You’ll probably feel nervous
before going into the interview
and this is actually a good thing.
Some level of nervousness will
assist you to keep alert and
attentive. You don ’t want to
present feeling too laid back or
relaxed so that the interviewers
conclude that you ’re just not
8. Fully understand the nature
and requirements of the job.
Make sure that you are fully
informed of the requirements of
the job. Review the job
advertisement again and ask
yourself is this a job that you
would really enjoy doing. If you
are going for the job just
because you need a job then
your motivation may not convey
any real enthusiasm for the
position. If you really want the
job and you are enthusiastic and
excited about it and see yourself
doing it very well then this
creates a powerful mindset.
9. Give yourself full credit for
actually getting the interview.
You made the final cut. The
organisation was sufficiently
impressed by your credentials to
want to learn more about you.
Give yourself credit for this. If
100 people applied for the
position and 10 are granted
interviews then you are in that
top 10%.
10. The Interviewers have
probably experienced many job
interviews of their own.
It is very likely that the people
who will interview you have
been through many job
interviews themselves. They
probably gained their current
position because of a job
interview. Because they
understand that job interviews
can be stressful they will
probably go out of their way to
make you feel at ease.

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