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6 ways to de-stress before your interview

Posted by: Rebecca Craighill
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A lot of people worry about interviews, which is only natural. Anxiety, stress and fear can all mount up which is why we’re breaking down 6 ways to de-stress before your interview.

Prepare, prepare and prepare some more

The number one way to avoid interview stress is to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be. This covers everything from researching the company, practicing questions, rehearsing what you’re going to say, and knowing your CV inside and out. It’s also a good idea to make sure you arrive with plenty of time (there’s nothing wrong with sitting out in your car for 10 minutes before going in). 

Make sure you’ve got a few copies of your CV, any references, portfolio samples and a notepad with you. If you feel prepared then your pre-interview stress will disappear. Don’t leave all of your prep to the morning of the interview or your stress levels will inevitably rise.

It’s a great feeling to walk into an interview knowing that you’ve got every base covered. You’ve scoped out the company website, done your research on their competitors, and got a good understanding of the industry. 

For a top list of interview tips and advice on how to prepare, this article covering 5 essential interview research tips is worth a read.

Do something fun

The lead-up to an interview can feel like forever, making it easy to dwell on what’s to come and to overthink the process. That’s where the interview worries and anxieties kick in, making it difficult to think about anything else.

Time allowing, we’d recommend you de-stress by doing something you enjoy. Listen to music, see a film, take a walk – whatever takes your mind off the interview. It’s great to do this the day or morning before (because you did all your prep aaaages ago, right?)

Give yourself a pep talk

Confidence is key – that’s what the really confident people tell you. But confidence doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Luckily, confidence is something you can learn. Usually, it comes by repeated exposure to situations where you lacked confidence before. 

Try confidence boosting exercises such as giving yourself a pep talk, revisiting your past achievements and successes, or doing a dummy run of the interview itself. 

Even if you don’t feel confident, there are things you can do to come across as if you do – stand up straight, smile, make eye contact, relax in your chair, speak slowly and clearly. If confidence is a real issue for you, pretend you’re an actor and enjoy giving the performance of a chilled, confident interviewee.

Lean into it

When your body becomes stressed it releases adrenaline – a throwback to our fight or flight days where a caveman might have to karate-chop an angry bear while picking berries. Adrenaline can inhibit your ability to think clearly, but when managed properly it can also be a blessing.

Adrenaline makes you more alert to your surroundings and almost sends you into super-speed. A lot of people thrive off this feeling. It’s important to manage this effectively (no-one wants to be stressed all the time!) but it can be useful to lean into the stress. If you can’t get to sleep the night before your big interview, use that time to make sure you’re completely prepped. Better yet (because again, you’ve been prepared for a day or two by now, right?), use the episode of insomnia to employ some of the other de-stress techniques on this list.

When it comes to the interview itself, the adrenaline that stress gives you can help you come across as high energy and proactive. If this is you, just be careful with your caffeine intake on interview day…..

Don’t overthink it

Interviews are important, yes. But when it comes down to it they’re (mostly) just one human chatting to another human. While a lot of emphasis is put on testing your competency for a role, interviews are a chance for a candidate to get to know a company and its staff. They’re assessing your personality and attitude as much as your ability to do the job.

Don’t forget that you’re interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you. For all you know, the hiring manager might never have interviewed anyone before. They might even be more stressed than you are!


We’ll leave you with the S.T.O.P method to utilise in the minutes leading up to the interview. Before you walk inside, Stop and focus, Take deep breaths, Observe your feelings and the environment, and Proceed with confidence, having utilised all the tips above. 


Further Reading

6 things not to say in an interview & what to say instead
6 essential interview questions you should always ask
5 essential interview research tips
6 ways to prepare for phone & video interviews
7 tricky interview questions & how to tackle them

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