Here are some simple yet effective ways to relax before an interview or any other important meeting where you have to face people and important challenges.
Good preparation is a key to stay relaxed before an interview
You will feel much more relaxed before an interview if you have practiced first. Practice the hard questions, think about your strength and weaknesses etc. Practicing will help you to feel more comfortable before and during an interview.
Plan ahead and arrive early
You will feel much better and relaxed if you have dressed appropriately and have some additional materials with you – extra copy of your resume, references or other material you can benefit from.
It is good to be 10 – 15 minutes early. This will give you some time to relax before an interview.
5 tips to relax before an interview
Less caffeine and sugar
If you must drink coffee, choose a milder form. Just keep in mind, that too much caffeine and sugar will alert your mind a bit too much, it can even make you more nervous.
Eat something high in protein
Food and snacks high in protein will keep your blood sugar in balance and most importantly improve your focus. We suggest yogurt or piece of cheese.
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Deep breathing is a great way to relax before an interview
Use simple deep breathing exercises to relax your mind and body. Inhale deeply and slowly through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Repeat a few times until you feel relaxed.
Chew gum helps you to relax before an interview
On one hand, chewing cum increases alertness and concentration, on the other hand it reduces tension and releases nervous energy. In any case, it is exactly what you need before an interview. The effect is even better if you choose peppermint gum: peppermint calms you down within minutes. Just remember to remove the gum before your interview starts.
Wash your face
Cold water will refresh your mind and body. A splash of cold water is perfect for cooling you down before you have to face people.
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