Getting motivated to go for a job and overcoming interview anxiety

Motivating yourself to go for a job interview is often coupled with anxiety. Being anxious before a job interview is completely normal.

It can even be helpful because it can motivate and improve performance. The problem arises when that anxiety becomes extreme and actually impacts on how you present during an interview.

Below is some key advice for reducing feelings of anxiety at job interviews:

Learn as much as you can about the company. Use the internet, business or industry magazines and brochures to find out information and speak to anyone you might know who has or does work there.

Brainstorm potential interview questions and identify your past achievements and how they are relevant to the role. A key way to then feel prepared is to practise, practise, practise. You can answer questions out loud by yourself or – even better – with a parent, partner or friend.

Visualising success is important. Visualise yourself walking into the interview room, shaking hands with the interviewers and answering their questions with confidence. Next, visualise them calling you up to offer you a position after the interview!

Think about what you want from the interview. Remember it’s also an opportunity for you to find out if they are the right organisation for you. Does the workplace culture align to your values? Is the organisation diverse? Are your salary expectation realistic for this role?

Wearing clothes that look and feel great and make you feel confident is another motivational booster. You don’t have to wear new or expensive clothes, but make sure you wear something smart, tidy, and is relevant to the role youré interviewing for. Employers will notice that you’ve made an effort to be well dressed.

Plan ahead. Look up the map location of the interview and plan how you are going to get there, how long it will take, and where you will park if you are driving. This will help ease any stress on the day on the interview.

Putting the interview into perspective will help your confidence. It won’t be the end of the world if you don’t get this job. Ask yourself, what is the worst that can happen?
Finally, remember, there is no single, perfect fix for job interview nerves. Use whatever works for you! Some nerves can often work to your favour – they indicate to an employer that you care about the outcome.