A slight up-tick in your heart rate; a quickened, shallower breath; a tingling sensation in your gut.
This is the familiar combination of anticipation, anxiousness and excitement, that we’ve cutely labeled as getting “butterflies”. It’s a confusing mix of “I can’t wait to get started” and “am I ready for this?”.
There are times when getting butterflies is a very good thing: falling in love, buying your first home, or embarking on a great, long-awaited adventure. Other times, that feeling – also known as anxiety – can really knock us off our game.
Unfortunately for job seekers, interviews tend to be one of those experiences where anxiety runs amok. But, before we wage war on anxiety here, it’s important to remember that not all anxiety is bad. Feeling a manageable amount of anxiety can actually prime us for improved performance. The right amount of anxiety works like a wonder drug to make us sharper and more focused. However, there is a curve for anxiety: a little is good, a bit more is better, but too much is disastrous.
If you’ve participated in competitive sports, you’ve likely experienced this phenomenon first hand. As a runner, I consider a little race day anxiety a very special gift. Having “butterflies” has powered me to multiple, personal best finish times that I’m sure wouldn’t have been possible had I arrived completely calm and unworried. At a couple races, I questioned the accuracy of the race clock because I had so dramatically outperformed my training. That little boost in anxiousness (and adrenaline) can have a seriously strong impact.
Just like race day for runners, anxiety is inevitable at a job interview. It’s natural to feel pressure to impress in your interview and to give perfect answers. But you need to keep your anxiety levels from crossing over into that danger zone. The trick is to find the precise balance: one where anxiety is advantageous, but not so overwhelming you become frozen with fear.
The best strategy for keeping your anxiety at a manageable level is to prepare, prepare, prepare.
Preparation breeds confidence; and confidence can help keep your anxiety in check.
Here are my 5 top tricks for elevating your confidence and managing anxiety before a big interview – ensuring an impressive, top-of-your-game, interview day performance.
5 Tricks to boost your confidence before an interview!
These 5 strategies are all about simply preparing your body and mind for the stress that’s bound to crop-up during a job interview and keeping your anxiety at a helpful (not harmful) level.
Feeling better already? I want to hear which one of these strategies is your favourite, or which trick you use to boost your performance in interviews. Comment below!
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