There are few universal events in life that tend to strike fear into the hearts of many. The interview is one of those. Often, changing your outlook on the interview process can go a long way towards reducing that stress. Here are 4 things you can start doing immediately.
1. Change your perspective on your role. You are not submissive in the process. The interview is an event taking place between 2 equal parties. Both are seeking something in the other and both parties have something to offer. You should be interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. This doesn't mean you get to control the interview (that would come off as arrogance), but you do play a significant part before, during and after.
2. Know your value proposition. If you're confident in what you bring to the table and what sets you apart from the crowd, the anxiety will lessen. Self-doubt makes you feel small and takes your power away.
3. Read your resume and prepare yourself to back up whatever you've written on that piece of paper. Don't let yourself get caught out having to explain something you've embellished or just plain forgot was there.
4. After you check in at Reception, GO PEE. Yes you heard me. Stress collects in the bladder. It's a physiological response. Emptying your bladder lowers your body temperature (which rises when under stress) and will lower your anxiety. The affect doesn't last forever which is why you need to do it right before the interview.
Relax. You got this!