There’s no shame in admitting that it’s hard to enter a room during a job interview. These days, some people may even have a hard time entering a Zoom meeting room for an interview since they worry too much about what can happen.

We compiled a number of the best practices that you can do to overcome interview anxiety and increase your chances of getting the job:

  1. Take a DEEP BREATH. A breathing exercise could help you release the tension. We always see athletes do it before engaging in intense challenges.
  2. Only entertain HAPPY THOUGHTS. It might not sound new to you but it really helps. Try to think about good times and be thankful about your upcoming interview. Think about the people you love, things you like doing and time you won a contest. You can even think about what you will feel like if you get the job offer.
  3. RELAX. This is easier said than done. But you can lose the tension by moving or stretching your shoulders, arms, and fingers. Some people even jump to shake off the tension. Again, just like how athletes and stage performers do it.
  4. Keep a POSITIVE MINDSET. Think about passing the interview even before it starts. It’s one way to create a positive mindset that can manifest during the actual interview.
  5. PRACTICE. There’s a reason why public speakers and musicians practice their piece before their performance. You should also practice answering interview questions, before rushing to another interview.
  6. GIVE A FIRM HANDSHAKE. A firm handshake shows that you are confident, open, eager and enthusiastic. On the other hand, a frail handshake may convey shyness and lack of interest with the position.
  7. Establish EYE CONTACT. This is important when making a point especially when you are talking about your achievements and what you can do for the company. You don’t necessarily look the interviewer in their eyes at all times but do it as much as you can.
  8. Establish a GENUINE CONNECTION. Openness is the key if you want to have an authentic professional bond with the interviewer. Tell a true story about your past work experience that allowed you to become successful in your career.
  9. Speak NORMAL. The manner we talk varies from one person according to experts. The average speed is around 130 to 140 words per minute. But if you’re nervous, your speaking voice may go up making it hard for interviewers to understand you. Calm down and speak in a normal pace so you can express yourself clearly and be understood by the interviewer.
  10. Avoid UNNECESSARY MOVEMENTS. If you stomp your feet (kuyakoy), fidget with a pen or play with your hands- it can be distracting for a lot of people. Refrain from this kind of movement.
  11. Mind your SITTING POSTURE. Sit up straight, don’t slouch. This will give you more confidence. To remedy this, sit up straight for at least 10 minutes and practice doing it until you can do it for a longer period.
  12. Ask RELEVANT QUESTIONS. This can be difficult, and yes it takes some practice and courage. You can ask more details about the job if it’s a sales job, or you can also ask pertinent questions, for example about the sales process or after-sales procedures.
  13. Last but not the least. DON’T FORGET TO SMILE. This is probably one of the best tips that you can use to boost your confidence. Whether it’s a face to face or over the phone interview, a genuine smile can break the ice and open a good line of communication between you and the interviewer.

Did you find these tips helpful? Share it with your friends and relatives so you can also help them improve their confidence for their next job interview.