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Visualize Success: Keys to Overcoming Job Interview Anxiety

Many people experience heightened anxiety prior to a job interview. You can use the following tips and suggestions to ease your anxiety and stress levels before an interview. Remember that you are not alone and that many other internship and job applicants feel the same way!

  •  Prepare. The more prepared you are, the less nervous you will be. Browse through the company’s website, read their mission statement, and learn about any current events that are connected to them. Review your resume and be sure you can articulate and explain everything. Most importantly, know exactly what the job description is, the necessary requirements, and all other relevant information.
  • Visualize success. Shut your eyes and think about how you want to appear to the interviewer, how you want to feel, and what you want to say. For example, you want the interviewer to see a well-dressed and polished individual; you want to feel calm, cool, and confident; and you want to say all the right things and make zero mistakes. Visualizing success has been proven to help athletes do better in their competitions. Job interviews are also competitions, so you should imitate their example in visualizing success.
  • Breathe deeply. One of the easiest ways to calm yourself down is by breathing deeply. Breathe in and hold your breath for about 5 seconds, then slowly exhale. Repeat this exercise until you feel yourself becoming calmer. If you become flustered during the interview, take a few deep breaths. Think of your happy place, whatever that may be, and how this gives you the motivation to keep going and succeed. Also, wiggle your toes or move your feet to channel some of your nervous energy without being noticed by the interviewer.
  • Reward yourself after the interview. It may be buying a Starbucks drink, ordering pizza, watching your favorite Netflix show, or calling your best friend. Choose a reward that gives you something to look forward to after the successful completion of your interview.
These are just a few tips to help you calm down before and during a job interview. The most effective way to overcome anxiety related to job interviews is through practice. The Career Center offers Mock Interviews in which a staff member pretends to be your interviewer for a potential job. The Career Center also offers one-on-one assistance to help you prepare for a job interview. Take advantage of their services to help you succeed during your next internship or job interview.
In addition, there are many written and online resources that can help you tackle interview anxiety. You can read articles, watch videos, and talk to family and friends about how they cope. Make the most of all the help that is available to you to effectively handle job interview anxiety.