How to Manage Stress in a Job Interview

Interviewing can be daunting for even the ones who have prepared well. 

Wed Aug 23, 2023


If you are a common person like most of us, job interviews can be stressful. This is especially true if you are not confident about your skills or experience. However, stress can affect your performance and make you seem less qualified than you really are.

So how can you manage stress in a job interview and show your best self to the employer?

Here are some tips that might help you.

Prepare well

One of the best ways to reduce stress is to prepare well for the interview. Research the company, the position, and the interviewer. Review your resume and think of examples that demonstrate your achievements and abilities. Practice answering common interview questions and prepare some questions to ask the interviewer. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel.

Relax before the interview

Another way to manage stress is to relax before the interview. Do something that calms you down, such as listening to music, meditating, or breathing exercises. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine, as they can increase your anxiety. Dress comfortably and professionally, and arrive early at the interview location. Give yourself some time to settle down and review your notes.

Be positive and friendly

During the interview, try to be positive and friendly. Smile, make eye contact, and use a firm handshake. Show enthusiasm and interest in the job and the company. Avoid negative or self-critical statements, such as "I'm not good at..." or "I don't have much experience in...". Instead, focus on your strengths and achievements, and how you can add value to the employer.

Be honest and realistic

Another tip to manage stress is to be honest and realistic. Don't lie or exaggerate about your skills or experience, as it can backfire if the interviewer finds out. Don't expect to ace every question or impress every interviewer. Accept that you might make some mistakes or encounter some challenges. The important thing is to learn from them and move on.

Ask for feedback and follow up

After the interview, don't forget to ask for feedback and follow up with the interviewer. Thank them for their time and express your interest in the job. Ask them when you can expect to hear from them and how you can contact them if you have any questions. Send a thank-you note or email within 24 hours of the interview, reiterating your interest and qualifications. This will show your professionalism and courtesy, and keep you in their mind.


These are some of the ways you can manage stress in a job interview and increase your chances of getting hired. Remember that stress is normal and natural, but it doesn't have to ruin your interview. With proper preparation, relaxation, positivity, honesty, and follow-up, you can overcome stress and showcase your potential to the employer.

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