Originally Posted by Connemara
As much as I try not to, I always get nervous before interviews. Wouldn't be a big problem except for the fact that I often display it outwardly: flushed face, sweat on the brow.
Is there anything I should do beforehand to calm the nerves? I've never meditated, but I wonder if I should try.
If I had Valium, that would be an option.
I get an incredibly flushed face too. It's the Irish...
My suggestion is to prepare as much as possible. I'm sure you've done this, but I find that the more I visualize the interview mentally, the less nervous I am. Look up some practice interview questions and write out answers. Look over your resume and develop a way to discuss each previous position vocally. Think about every moment of the day leading to the interview, the interview questions, and visualize everything going perfectly. Make sure to take note of everything you will need to make it go smoothly.
Last, but not least, get to the interview an hour early. Wait in your car, find a coffee shop across the street, or hang out someplace out of the way. Go over your notes, look over your resume, and try to RELAX.
There's no way to completely dissolve the pre-interview jitters, but from what I've learned, preparation is key.