Tips on how to overcome interview anxiety

almost 2 years ago by Daniel Stargatt
Tips on how to overcome interview anxiety

Nerves are often said to be a good thing when going into an interview, it shows you care and helps to keep you focussed and alert. However, do you find that your nerves often get the better of you, preventing you to perform to your best in an interview? If so then don’t worry, you’re not alone! In this article we offer three helpful tips to try and help you overcome your nerves and to get you in the right frame of mind!

Feeling nervous in an interview is a common thing and when we work with a candidate who get nervous before an interview we always offer the same three tips to help them get through it. So here goes…


Probably the most important thing for you to do is to prepare. Being prepared will always help you feel more calm and relaxed. Being out of your comfort zone and in a situation where you don’t know 100% what you are going to be asked is always going to put you a little on edge. So the more prepared you can be the less stressed you will become and maybe, just maybe you could even look forward to the opportunity to interview and showcase your skills!

Working with a recruitment agency will always help you to be more prepared for an interview. The Recruitment Consultant will have a lot more information about the company, role and the person who will be interviewing. So make sure you take advantage of this extra information and ask lots of questions and get as much information as you can before the interview.


There are a few good techniques you could use before an interview to help you relax and reduce your anxiety. I find the best technique is a technique called ‘slow breathing’.

For the best results try doing this somewhere quiet and where you are alone, so you don’t feel uncomfortable. Take a slow breath in through your nose for 4 seconds and then slowly exhale through your nose for 6 seconds. Do this for 60 seconds or for as long as you need to and I bet you feel a little more relaxed! If you don’t believe me, just try it!


Although you may feel a coffee will help perk you up, it’s actually not helpful to drink coffee before or during the interview if you feel nervous. A mix of caffeine and nerves will only help to increase the flow of adrenaline, which can impact your composure when answering questions. So we suggest you stick to water in an interview and if you feel like you want the taste of coffee before then go for a decaf.

Are you interested in more interview advice articles?

We hope this article has helped give you some good ideas on how to tackle your interview nerves! If you are still on the hunt for more advice for interviews then check out the below articles we have put together…

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