Get a good nights sleep before your interview – have a relaxing bath and get tucked up nice and early. Avoid alcohol – that can be saved for when you are celebrating your new job!
Get up nice and early and have an energising breakfast – according to an article in The Guardian “porridge is a great choice as oats are a natural tonic for nerves and help relieve anxiety and stress. Add a chopped banana and some sunflower seeds for a mood boosting dose of serotonin”.
Arrive to your interview with plenty of time to spare, and if for whatever reason you are dashing in at the last minute, pop to the bathroom, freshen up and take a deep breath.
Remember to smile – it’s a simple tip but this has a two fold effect – it shows that you are happy and confident but it also tells your body to release hormones that make you feel positive and relaxed.
According to Target Jobs, one way to manage your nerves is to put your interview in perspective. “They wouldn’t be interviewing you if they thought you lacked potential for the position”. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones and look at the interview as a meeting – a two way process that allows you to decide whether the company is right for you.
The Undercover Recruiter suggests that it is good to be open about your nerves. “If you start feeling nervous during the interview, remember that it’s ok to admit it. It’s ok to say something like ‘I apologise, I’m extremely nervous. This is my first interview’. This will only make you appear more human and the interviewer may just be able to relate to you more.”