Take control of your nerves by following some of these stress relief exercises.
It’s all in your head
There’s no need to stare at yourself in a mirror and ask yourself questions, like some cliché business person from a movie, but preparing for potential questions in your head has been shown to increase confidence.
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and visualize yourself confidently answering the standard questions that you’d normally expect to receive in an interview. This will make you feel confident, strong, and proud, as you visualize how easy and successful your interview is going to be.
Listen to your favorite music
Turning off the radio or not listening to a music player is quite common for people who are traveling to an interview, as you feel like you can’t possibly relax beforehand, in fact, I used to be guilty of this myself. However, the best thing you can do is whack on your favorite playlist and sing your heart out.
Listening to songs that you find empowering will fill you with confidence and will help to flush away any negativity or stress that you’ve accumulated over the last few hours.
Get on YouTube
No, this isn’t to find a business pep talk video or motivational speech, it’s to find humorous videos to watch. Watching a few hilarious (it’s up to you to dictate what is hilarious) videos before heading off for your interview has been shown to relax your mind and body, and put you in a better mood overall. Just make sure to keep an eye on the time and not to watch too many; otherwise you may run the risk of being late for your appointment.
Visualize your fears
In principle, this sounds like a counterproductive idea for a calming exercise list, but when preparing for an interview, ask yourself what potential bad situations are you afraid of occurring?
Instead of smothering your fears with positivity, harness these fears and play them out in your head. Once you’ve done that, think about how you could react to them. They won’t seem so bad after all, and if for some miracle of chance they happen later on in real life, you may be quicker to rectify it as you won’t be caught completely off guard.
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