Interviews are stressful: you’re sitting across a desk from someone whose literal job is to judge you, trying to justify why have worth as a human while you sweat through your nicest pair of slacks.
Uh, are we helping yet?
Seriously, though. Job interviews are practically designed to be stressful, but they don’t have to be completely anxiety-inducing.
Follow these foolproof tips to go into your next job interview cool as a cucumber.
1. Do A Power Pose In The Bathroom
Okay — you’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s worth reiterating because it seriously works!
There are two easy power poses you can do:
- The “Victory Pose”: Stand with your legs wider than your hips, thrust your arms above your head into a V-shape, clench your fists, and smile. Take that anxiety!
- The “Wonder Woman”: Stand with your legs slightly wider than your hips, arms akimbo. YES! Whether or not you have a cape on you’re a total hero.
Go to the bathroom, stand in a stall, and hold the pose for anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes — however long it takes you to start feeling powerful. Then strut out of the bathroom and get ready to rock your interview.
2. Log Off
The last thing you want to do before an interview is log on Instagram and get stuck comparing yourself to every beach-y bombshell you see. Studies have actually shown that cell phone usage increases stress, so do yourself a favor and avoid all your tempting apps. Read a book, go over your notes, whatever. Just don’t go into a phone-induced stress loop right before your interview.
3. Go For A Walk
Walking seems like such a simple thing to do, but it can actually help you in some pretty impactful ways.
Like other forms of exercise, walking gives you an endorphin boost, making you less stressed and more relaxed. It also energizes you so you’re on your A-game when you’re in the hot seat.
Best of all, though, being outside de-stresses and energizes. So one little walk can seriously perk you up so you can shine your brightest in your interview.
4. Plan Something Fun For After The Interview
Whether it’s grabbing margs with your best friends, unwinding in a yin yoga class, or just taking yourself on a date to a cafe or a museum, planning something fun after your interview helps you keep a positive mindset and not look at the interview as the most impactful thing in the whole world.
No matter how the interview goes, you can rest easy with the knowledge that you’ll be able to unwind, let it all out, and continue with your life after it’s over.
5. Squeeze Your Butt
Yeah, you read that right. This one is totally weird, but if you’re the kind of person who gets totally shaky hands when you’re nervous, try squeezing your glutes and thighs together.
Your hands and body won’t shake if you’re clenching, and you’ll feel and look more confident and collected.
Seriously. Try it.
If you can’t stop thinking about the interview, don’t stress yourself out even more by feeling guilty about obsessing.
Instead, harness your energy and use it to go over everything one last time. Rehearsing will calm you down because you’ll see how totally prepared you are, and you’ll walk into your interview ready to totally kill it.
These are suggestions that work for us, but there are a million things you can do to help yourself calm down: listen to your favorite song, doodle in your journal, do some breathing exercises, or meditate.
The important thing is to take time to relax so you can hear that voice inside that’s ready to march in there and tell them who’s boss.
And hey, one more thing? You’re gonna own this interview. Promise.