Preparation is the key to any job interview. Before the appointment, it is essential to anticipate the questions you may be asked and to think about your answers. There are many recurring questions:
- Why do you want to work in our company?
- Name 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses of yours.
- What can you bring to us?
Also write a text to introduce yourself and repeat it. This will prevent you from hesitating and blushing at the recruiter if they ask you this question. You should also find out about the company beforehand: industry, workforce, values, news etc... Finally, make sure you have the content of your CV and covering letter in mind.
If you feel that you are well prepared for the interview, your self-confidence will grow and your stress will be reduced.
In addition to preparing for the interview itself, take the time to prepare your travel arrangements in advance to reduce your stress.
To avoid any delays or mistakes, make sure you have the full address of the meeting place and the contact details of the person you will be meeting.
The day before, you can view the street and the entrance to the building on Google Maps to save time when you arrive. If you are coming by car, look for a parking nearby. If you are coming by public transportation, check timetables and train/bus directions.
If you have all the logistics under control, it will save you a lot of trouble.
For any interview, you should wear a professional outfit. But it is necessary that it is as comfortable as possible for you to feel at ease. For example, if you are not used to wear heels, you can opt for moccasins or ballerinas.
If possible, and especially if it is new, wear your outfit for an hour a few days before the job interview date to make sure you feel comfortable in it.
Don't forget to use an anti-transpiration deodorant on the day, as stress is often synonymous with sweating. If you feel sweaty during the interview, you will feel even more uncomfortable.
Preparing your outfit in advance will also make you feel less stressed on the day itself
A very effective technique to reduce stress before an interview is to project yourself. The day or a few hours before, imagine yourself arriving at the interview location and talking to the recruiter. Having visualised the scene, even in your imagination, will make you feel better when you are actually there.
Another way to project yourself is to practice with someone close to you. Do a role-play where he/she will be the recruiter and you will be the candidate. Tell your friend to ask you the usual interview questions. This will help you to formulate and repeat your answers. Your friend will also be able to detect any language tics or repetitive gestures that you will have to get rid of before the actual interview.
The day before, take the time to relax. If you have prepared the content of the interview, your itinerary and your outfit, you are ready. Now all you have The day before, take the time to relax. If you have prepared the content of the interview, your itinerary and your outfit, you are ready. Now all you have to do is relax. Yoga, a bubble bath, a drink with friends, everyone has their own way of relaxing. The most important thing is to think of something else to have a good night's sleep and be in great shape on the day.
In order to be more efficient and reduce stress before a meeting, it can be useful for you to put yourself "in your bubble". This way you can leave early (about 30 minutes before the scheduled time) and settle down in a quiet place close to the interview location. This will also allow you to have a margin in case of a delay due to an unforeseen event. For example, you can go to a café or stay in your car parked. Take advantage of this quiet moment to reread your notes, your CV and the job offer, repeat your elevator pitch and check the name of the person with whom you have an appointment.
This moment can also be an opportunity to manage your stress by breathing. There are various breathing exercises to soothe you in stressful situations. Cardiac coherence is a method in which you have to breathe in slowly for 5 seconds and then breathe out in the same way, all for 5 minutes. Abdominal breathing, where you breathe in deeply by inflating your stomach, is another way to relax quickly. Thanks to these methods, you will be able to go to your job interview with peace of mind.
Another way to reduce stress is to improve your self-esteem. The more confident you are, the better you will feel. Don't forget that the recruiter has read your CV and has selected you among a few candidates for an interview. This means that they think you have the potential for the job and they want to see you to confirm this. If your CV contains only real information and you have been honest about your cover letter, you have a good chance of success. So have confidence in yourself!
Take a step back; you are not playing with your life. The recruiter will meet with you to assess the match between your skills and the job. They are not there to judge you. Be aware that there is also a stake for the company and the recruiter: they want to find the right person for the job and are afraid of making a mistake.
Don't forget that there are two parties in an interview and that this happens bilaterally. It is also an opportunity for you to judge whether the position would suit you and whether you are compatible with the working environment and culture of the company you are applying to.
What if it didn't work out and you didn't get the job? Too bad. Think of it as an exercise. You can learn from your mistakes and you'll be even more successful at your next interview and, who knows, maybe even get the job of your dreams.
What if the solution is not simply to accept being stressed? It is perfectly normal to feel a little stressed before a job interview. This can be compared to the stage fright that every show-man or show-woman feels before a performance. Stress can also be positive: it shows your involvement and will boost your performance.
Now that you've gotten rid of all unnecessary stress triggers, projected yourself and know how to manage your emotions, all you have to do is focus on the essential: convince the recruiter of your experience and personality. Ready for your next job interview? Go for it, and with a smile!