5 Ways to Relax Before an Interview
An interview is always nerve-racking. To relax, I don’t do any prep beforehand. I finished all my “homework” the night before. I got this approach from the times I took exams or had to do presentations for college. Most people will spend those 5-10 minutes before class reading over their notes. I tried not to do that. It was more relaxing reading a book or searching for random stuff on the internet. Here are some ways to be more relaxed so you can ace your interview:
“Think of it as a conversation between two people who are trying to get to know one another and to see if they will be compatible working together. Also, keep in mind that the hiring manager may be nervous, too, so if you walk in with a smile, you can put them at ease which will help put you at ease.” (Forbes: 14 Tips For Staying Calm During an Interview)
“Just a couple minutes of relaxation can make your mind sharper, your senses more alert, and your entire body more peaceful.” (The Muse: The 2-Minute Exercise That Can Completely Transform Your Day)
“Your social network is one of your best tools for handling stress. Talk to others — preferably face to face, or at least on the phone. Share what’s going on. You can get a fresh perspective while keeping your connection strong.” (WebMD: 10 Relaxation Techniques That Zap Stress Fast) Make a phone call on your way to the interview. You don’t have to talk about anything important.
I was often about 30 minutes early for an interview. I’d take that time to walk around the block or find a nice spot to read or play an app game. I was considerably calmer by the time I headed for the interview.