5 tips to reduce stress before a job interview


Stomach lump, sweaty hands, accelerating heartbeat... It's hard to escape the stress before a job interview. Here is a first aid kit to stay serene before and during the interview. 

5 tips to reduce stress before a job interview

Think about what worries us

Going for a job interview in front of someone who has the power - or not - to assign us a job is a rarely pleasant moment. The stage fright we feel is natural, normal. There's no need to try to eliminate it. But it's good to question it: behind these peaks of stress that can overwhelm us and sometimes make us lose our means, what is really worrying us? The fear of not being up to the task? To be judged? To remain unemployed? If you worry, for example, about gaps in your CV," explains Hélène Picot, coach, "you can anticipate the answer to this question. "Preparing well for the interview is the first line of defense against stage fright, which reaches its peak at the beginning of the meeting. "It's better to have rehearsed your presentation speech," advises the coach. Fear is anxiety of anticipation, so it gradually disappears once the interview begins. Anticipating an interview means knowing your subject well - in this case, yourself - and, like a sportsman, preparing yourself daily, both mentally and physically, for this kind of deadline. Sport, massages to relax, good sleep, meditation... The calmer and more balanced our daily life is, the more we are able to cope with occasional stress such as a job interview.

Creating a psychological bubble

If our heart is in a panic, let's keep in mind that our life is not at stake. "The person across the street needs to fill a position. You're also there to help," adds Hélène Picot. If our CV has caught the attention, it's because our presence is legitimate. We know what our strengths are, but under pressure, we tend to forget them. Our brain works by associating ideas," analyzes the coach. If we tell ourselves that the interview scares us, we will then think that we won't be good, we won't be held back, etc.". The only way to short-circuit this negative spiral is to focus on the present moment, which will immediately reduce stress. 

"On the day, focus on the recruiter, on the desk..." To create a "bubble", the anchoring gesture, imbued with NLP, can also help. "Think of a positive moment that you have experienced or a landscape that soothes you. Imagine being there. Cross your fingers or touch your ear... Every time you do this gesture afterward, you will feel this state of serenity. »

Adopting the right posture

When we meet someone, verbal language only represents 7% of the message we convey," emphasizes Hélène Picot. Paraverbal - the tone of voice, for example -, 38%. And posture, 55%! "To make a good impression, we should stand up straight, head high, rather than hunched shoulders, arms, and legs crossed. The ideal position to build confidence before an interview? The "Wonder Woman" position. Hands-on hips, chin up, feet apart... Held for two minutes, it stimulates testosterone production. Useful to assert oneself! During the interview, staying seated, back straight, feet flat on the floor helps to stay centered, no matter what happens.

View the interview

Another ally of serenity: visualization, which allows the brain to program itself to succeed. When calm, lying down or sitting down, "close your eyes. Imagine arriving at the interview, the first handshake with the recruiter, his or her smile. As if you were outside the scene, visualize two people talking to each other in a fluid, balanced way. »

Breathe well

Having an interview in apnea can only increase stress! Hélène Picot's advice: get into cardiac coherence the week before the interview. "Three times a day, for five minutes, breathe in and out for five seconds. Simple and very effective for regulating anxiety. On the day, a deep breath through the belly allows you to relax. "Thirty seconds is enough to feel better. To avoid any unnecessary pressure, "arrive early," the coach also recommends, "to get a feel for the place, breathe calmly and stay in your bubble. And if, during the interview, a question destabilizes you? "Stay natural. Tell the truth, so that you can be given glue, for example. Be humorous too! »