How to Relax Before an Interview

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Interview GuruNo comments

With so much riding on a job interview, it can be difficult to keep your cool. Even the most confident of people can lose their nerve, which isn’t surprising when you consider that it can determine your career path, whether it’s a temporary PA job that could lead to a permanent PA job, or that dream EA role. Fortunately, there are there are some simple steps you can take to help you relax before an interview, making it much more likely that you’ll impress the interviewer and land your dream job.

Get a good night’s sleep

Whilst it can be tempting to stay up late before your interview to research the company and go over your answers, it won’t help. There really is only so much you can do at this stage of the game. Getting plenty of sleep is much more important, as it will help you to feel rested and calm on the day and you’ll be more able to successfully engage with your interviewers. Practise deep breathing exercises, such as the 4-7-8 breathing trick. If you still can’t sleep, don’t panic, as you’re still getting valuable rest.

Plan and prep

As well as planning and preparing for the interview itself, make sure you also plan how to get to your interview location. Ideally, you should get there early, allowing for any potential delays or toilet breaks. It can even be a good idea to spend 20-30 minutes at a café nearby giving your CV and notes the once over. Knowing that you’re on time and don’t need to rush will make you much more relaxed.

Visualise success

Visualising success can help you relax before your interview. Think about the best possible outcome and focus on it. For example, you and the interview will get on like a house or fire, or you answer all the questions confidently. Thinking positive thoughts before you’re called in will make you more confident in the interview, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Get some endorphins

Endorphins make you feel happier and more relaxed, so it makes sense to do some exercise before your interview. Go for a run, hit the gym, have a swim, or even do some yoga to get your heart pumping and get those endorphins you need to feel your best. Just make sure you have a shower before your interview!

Maintain a good posture

Breathing deeply before your interview is vital, but it’s just as important to do this whilst in the interview room. To do this you’ll need to maintain a good posture, in an upright position with your shoulders back. This posture will also help you feel more confident and give you the assurance to ask good, relevant questions, and engage well with your interviewers.

Get help

Love Success is a leading recruitment agency in London, so why not contact us if you’re seeking temporary or permanent PA jobs, executive assistant jobs, receptionist jobs or office support jobs? Our experienced recruitment specialists can offer expert advice on interview techniques, helping you to feel relaxed and confident. We can help you to secure a job that matches your skills, experience, and ambitions.


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