How to calm interview nerves


Interviews can be a daunting prospect for many people, so what can you do to ensure you perform well? Planning and preparation, for starters. But have you thought about the less obvious actions you can take to boost your confidence and instil a positive mindset on the day?

Here’s how to calm your interview nerves.

Plan and Prepare

OK, this one is a no-brainer. As you know, a little planning can go a long way! Prior to any interview, you should always re-read the job description for the role and reflect on responses to potential interview questions. Check out the company website and socials, too. this can be a great way to familiarise yourself with up-to-date info as well as the language/terms used by the company. If you know who you’re seeing at interview, have a look at their bio/LinkedIn profile(s) to get a sense of who they are. Last, plan your route to your interview location. How long will it take by public transport? If you’re travelling by car, is there somewhere handy to park nearby?

Rest & Relax

Those Zzzzz’s really matter! A decent night’s sleep can help reduce stress, improve mood, think more clearly and function at your best. Most adults should aim for around 7-8 hours’ sleep each night. So, the evening before your interview, avoid that after-dinner coffee, turn off your tech and head to bed.

Dress to Impress

Ditch the casual clothes! Reserve a special outfit for your interview day and spend time getting ready. When you dress smart, you automatically appear more confident and this should help you feel more confident, too.


Studies have shown that breath control can help you manage stress and anxiety. Techniques vary. 4-7-8 breathing involves breathing in for four seconds, holding your breath for seven seconds, then exhaling for eight seconds. The cycle can then be repeated four times. Alternate nostril breathing, which is commonly used in yoga practice, may also work for you. If you have time pre-interview, why not take a walk and breathe in the fresh air, too?

Project Positivity

You might be inwardly quaking as you walk into your interview. The trick is to think and act positive. Look your interviewer in the eye and offer a firm handshake. Sit up straight, maintain good eye contact and engage with them. Your interviewer is a human being too.

Good luck!

If you’re looking to interview for a new job, contact the professional team at Optimal Recruitment today on or 02 8416 4181.