Staying Calm: Part 1 - Before The Interview

Keeping those pre-interview nerves at bay can prove to be challenging. After suffering with anxiety for years and enduring a few disappointing job rejections, I learned how to become more level-headed. In Part One of my 'Stay Calm' series of articles, I share what I like to call the Three R Model for making this often intimidating process more smooth.


Check the company's website, read advice articles and know what kind of daily tasks you're going to be responsible for. The more you know about what to expect going in, the more confident (and less worried) you'll feel!


I know the word tends to make people shudder, but it comes with major benefits! Jot down short and snappy answers to frequently asked job interview questions. It's best not to rehearse your answers word for word, as this tends to put you under more pressure - bullet point a few brief ideas and, with enough practice, your answers will come naturally to you!


Don’t burn yourself out over an interview. I recommend going over your notes every day in the lead up to it, but set a time limit (for me, that was 2 hours per day). Spend the rest of the day rewarding yourself with what you love most - after working hard to smash your interview, you deserve it!

You've got this

Most importantly, remember that, if the interview doesn't go according to plan, you tried your best and there will be roles better suited to you - it's just a case of finding them. Getting rejected for a job doesn't mean that all the preparation you did was a waste of time. On the contrary, it just means you're more likely to succeed in your next interview!

To finish, I'll leave you with one of my favourite quotes. This is for those of you who are feeling disheartened by past rejections and are tempted to give up:

If you hear a voice say within you 'You cannot paint', then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. - Vincent Van Gogh
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