Attending an interview can be exciting and at times extremely nerve wrecking. It is an opportunity to be calm and professional and showcase exactly why you are the right candidate for the job. When we are relaxed we are able to think more clearly which can help us to give more thought-provoking responses to the interviewer. Preparation can be key to ensure that the interview is a success and a plus for your confidence.

Here’s some tips to relax your nerves…

Research the company and the job position in order to learn as much as possible. This shows interest and initiative and can add to any answers you make relating to your capabilities.

Practice possible interview questions and answers. Request the help of friends who have attended a few interviews.  The more you practice the better you will become. Try and pay special attention to your body language and eye contact.

Be Positive. Be confident in your abilities.  It is already a positive thing that you have been offered an interview.

Think of the Interview as a friendly Conversation. Embrace the interview as an opportunity to get to know more about your possible employer and them getting to know more about you.

Ask relevant questions which will reflect your confidence and interest.

Be a good listener. Listening to the interview questions gives you a chance to relax and prepare for the next question.

Breathe. Take deep breaths in and out. This helps to bring more oxygen into our blood system which acts as a natural relaxant.