Module 4: My job interview

6. Controlling anxiety

Anxiety before a job interview is common and almost inevitable, so it is necessary to accept it and use it to your advantage. If, on the one hand, anxiety in these situations reveals responsibility and leaves the candidate on the alert, on the other hand, excessive anxiety can bring the opposite result, leaving the professional vulnerable and even unable to manage their responses and emotions, which can lead to the failure of the interview.

IMPORTANT: A great tool is self-knowledge, that is, if you know yourself well, you will understand your limitations and even the appeals that need to be improved, which greatly facilitates the interview for revealing transparency.

  • Maintaining high self-esteem, as the simple fact of being called for the interview already reveals that a first phase of curriculum analysis has already been overcome! You should value all your learning so far, since everything can be an opportunity to learn, travel, volunteering, participation in the community, and even the job interview itself. So try to think of it as an opportunity to get to know the job market and to know what recruiters expect from candidates. It helps to know your strengths and those that need improvement.
  • You can make a list of your skills and points that you need to improve before participating in the interview, this way you avoid surprise questions that you do not know how to answer. Be sincere / honest, do not invent skills that you do not have or professional experiences that you have not acquired. Lying in the selection process can hurt in the future, making you even more  anxious,  especially  if  you  are  going  to  occupy  a  position  for  which  you  have  no qualifications. Avoid talking too much about more personal issues as you can report irrelevant information and take the focus off the interview, as well as the possibility of creating an image of self-centeredness. Control expectations, if it doesn't work out, know that there are still countless possibilities and if you keep calm and positive thinking, this will bring you closer to your goal.
  • Breathing  is  great  for  keeping  your  brain  active  and  balancing.  While  waiting  for  your interview, take deep breaths, it will be good to keep professional behavior adjusted and to give you time to think about an appropriate attitude. Breathing consciously helps to improve your focus.