How to Beat Interview Nerves

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The pressure of an interview situation can often make us act differently than how we are normally. Our body seems to behave in weird ways and the sound coming out of our mouth doesn’t seem to be our usual one. To stop nerves getting the better of you, here are some tips to help you nail those interviews:

Don’t speak too fast

Nerves tend to make your speech speed up, breath in through your nose very slowly this will significantly lower your heart rate and when you speak you won’t rush.

Stop yourself shaking

Simply squeeze in your buttocks or your thigh muscles. It’s almost impossible to shake if your buttocks or thigh muscles are clenched.

Stand up while you wait

You will be more confident when you meet the person who is interviewing you if you are on their level and not struggling to get out of a chair.

Find your best sitting position

Never trust the back of a chair. We recommend leaning slightly forward in the chair. You’ll look and feel more confident if you sit in this position.

Show your hands

Showing your hands is a sign of honesty. It has been proven that we are much more likely to get a job if we have our hands visible.

Make the other person feel special

Don’t try too hard in the interview to big yourself up, you will bore the interviewer if you are not careful, ask questions about the job and be genuinely interested in the reply.

Listen

When you are nervous it is sometimes hard to listen, try to slow down your body’s natural responses and listen, it will show the interviewer you value the information you are given.

Use your own voice

Try to use your own voice rather than putting on a ‘posh’ voice. Speak as if you were talking with a group of friends, but watch your language!

Be yourself

By being yourself you will come across relaxed, real and confident. Try to use words you usually use – don’t try to be someone else

Enjoy your interview – you are already on the shortlist otherwise you would not be meeting with the employer, they are already impressed with your work experience, just relax and we are sure you will stand a good chance of getting a job offer.