4 ways to zap your interview nerves

21 Aug , Reference: Huffington Post; Careerealism                

 
No matter how well you have prepared for a job interview or how qualified you are for the job, if you really want it, you’re going to get nervous. Being a bit nervous is a good thing –  it’ll give you an energy boost, make you more animated and can actually heighten your memory function. However, too much nervousness can mean your palms get embarrassingly sweaty, your voice shakes uncontrollably and your mind goes completely and uselessly blank – not a good thing.
These are your body’s natural responses to a stressful situation, but there a few things you can do to affect the levels of flight-or-fight hormones flooding your body:
1. Think about your posture We all have a tendency to huddle down when we  are nervous. We make ourselves small and hunch over our laptops or interview notes. But the more hunched your body is the less you are likely to overcome your nerves.
Ideally you need to adopt a superhero pose – i.e. feet shoulder width apart, fists on your hips and head up straight (smug smile and single raised eyebrow optional). But you may feel a bit silly doing that in the reception area, so go and find a quiet space to channel your inner hero.
This posture actually helps to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body and increase the dominance hormone, testosterone. You’ll also be breathing easier, which will make you feel better.
2. Breathe deeply and have a word with yourself You may not be into mantras, but having a phrase in your head which reinforces your positive beliefs about yourself and your potential is a very powerful tool in the face of extreme pressure. You may snort and dismiss such suggestions as tree-hugging nonsense, but there is scientific proof that a repeated positive affirmation can reduce your blood pressure, stress levels and heart rate. It calms your mind and boosts your confidence.
It doesn’t have to be a prayer to a universal power; it can something as simple as “I can do this or I am a strong candidate or I will succeed at this job if given the opportunity”. Work out what resonates with you and use it.
Again it may not be wise to sit there chanting out loud, but it’s just as effective to play the words over in your head whilst you focus on your breathing.
3. Draw up a brag sheet Well before the interview write up a summary sheet of all your greatest achievements: capture the little details of when, where and who; record the results – did you make it cheaper, faster, better? And make sure you include all the nice things bosses, colleagues and clients have said about you.
Not only will this help to remind you of what you need to say in your interview, but it will also remind you of how brilliant you are just at a time when you are feeling rather wobbly.        
4. Consider hypnotherapy, it has repeatedly worked for my clients, time after time explaining feelings of confidence and motivated to deliver presentations. For more info contact Claireaydogan@yahoo.co.uk
 
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