In many cases, a job interview presents a potentially life-changing opportunity. If a candidate aces the interview and gets the job, they may see a salary increase, start a new career path or otherwise find more fulfillment in what they do for work. And because of the potential gravity of that situation, it's easy - and totally understandable - for just about anyone to get nervous.
One of the simplest ways to reduce stress in general, and which can be easy before a big interview, is to focus on how you're breathing, according to The Muse. When people are worried, they don't breathe steadily, and they don't take deep breaths. In both cases, deep breaths reduces stress by reassuring the body there's ample time and no danger around, which leads to natural release of tension.
In addition, it's wise not to focus on the potential negatives of messing up a question or saying the wrong thing, and instead thinking about what crushing the interview will look and feel like, the report said. It's all about confidence in interviews to begin with, so going in with a good idea of what success looks like will help position interviewees to accomplish what they set out to do.
Plan it out
Furthermore, it's a good idea to give yourself plenty of time to get to an interview, according to the Financial Post. Even if that means you don't hit any traffic and arrive an hour early, that's not a big deal. However, experts say that interviewees who arrive early shouldn't just go hang out in the office, but instead take a quick walk (weather permitting) or duck into a nearby coffee shop to kill time and focus on relaxing and visualizing success.
Beyond that, it can be smart to check any notes you may have taken ahead of the interview so you understand the information inside and out, and can enter the discussion with confidence that you'll know exactly what you're talking about. It can also be a good idea to have a quick look in the bathroom mirror just before going in, to make sure nothing with your outfit or hair is amiss, and fix it quickly if that's the case.
In the interview itself
Again, a great job interview usually springs from the candidate's being confidence, so it's important for anyone to remember that a hiring manager isn't looking to grill them - companies bring in candidates because they're intrigued by what the interviewee has to offer, according to Forbes. That, in and of itself, should inspire some confidence, but you should also be aware of things that are common signifiers of nerves, such as talking fast or "going blank" when answering a question.
As long as you've done the requisite research and checked in with yourself once or twice ahead of an interview to see how you're feeling, there's no need to be worried, even if it's for your dream job.