Sooner or later during the job applications process, you will have to face some challenges such as interviews and assessments centres. These are really important stages in your career pursuit. As the importance of a situation increases so does stress and it can ruin the whole thing.
So you had a good night sleep, you are all dressed up, did some research about the job and the company before your big day, got there on time; now it’s your time to shine. You are standing in front of the assessors and at the most crucial time, what’s that? Sweaty palms, heart pounds fast, breathing quickens, voice trembles and then… blackout! Sounds familiar? A situation no one wants to experience is when stress takes over, so how do you manage stress?
• It is completely natural to feel stressed and at some point that is good for awakening your senses and giving you the energy to keep going. It is the natural reaction of your system, which releases certain hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to cope up with environmental demands or pressures. It means that you are ready to face upcoming challenges, but if you overdo it, then it can bring many unwelcome effects, some of them mentioned above. So if you find yourself feeling a little stressed, you are in a good path, but don’t stress more!
• Breathe. Just take a moment to take a deep breath and try to think clearly. There is no reason to panic. You are stressed because you really want to get the job, but if you stress too much you risk of ruining the whole thing. So, logic says don’t stress. Go with logic.
• Smile. It helps you relax, breaks the ice and creates a pleasant image for the people you interact with.
• You are there because you deserve it. Sometimes stress is fed by a lack of confidence, when you are not sure if you are the right person for the job, especially when you are going to an interview without much work experience or special academic skills, so you think you don’t have a chance compared to other candidates. Well, I’ve got news for you my pessimistic friend, if you didn’t have a chance you wouldn’t be there in the first place! They wanted to meet you and that’s why they invited you for the interview, now show them what you’ve got.
• Repeat after me: “I am the best”. If you don’t believe that you deserve the job how are you going to convince the employer? Be optimistic. Listening to uplifting songs or motivational speeches before the interview can give you the boost you need.
• It’s not the end of the world. I think we’ve learned that last year! If you don’t get the job, so what? Many opportunities will come; an unsuccessful interview is still an experience, after all failure is the road to success!
Check out a video on managing stress here.