What are some ways to tame your nerves? Below are FIVE important tips that will help you calm your nerves before the big interview.
• Reduce your rate of Speech
o Nerves tend to make us speak faster, so while you’re waiting for your interview, breathe in through your nose very slowly for a count of three. Then breathe out through your nose for a count of three. Repeat this three times. That should take you a total of 18 seconds. In that time you will have significantly lowered your heart rate and when you speak, you won’t rush
• Stand up while you wait for your turn 5 minutes prior
o This is something tried and tested, standing up and taking few measured and composed steps eases your nervousness considerably and you will be more confident and relaxed when your turn comes in
• Find your best sitting position
o Firstly, never trust the back of a chair completely. You can easily end up leaning too far back which can tighten your throat. I recommend leaning slightly forward on your chair. You’ll look and feel more dynamic if you sit in this position
• Be a good listener
o When we are nervous or a bit restless, we lose out on a very important essence, i.e., listening to the complete question. So try to slow down your body’s natural responses and listen – it will also help to make the other person feel special and show you value their question.
• Be You
o If we are being ourselves when meeting other people, we will come across as relaxed, authentic and confident. Try to use words you usually use. So, enjoy the interview and be proud of your achievements – you’re already on the shortlist so they must think pretty highly of you already. Remember to slow down, listen and be yourself. If you do that, you’ll come across as relaxed, authentic and confident.