Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
The UK Careers Fair logo
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
exhibit with usget a ticket

How to Overcome Interview Anxiety and Land The Job

Cristina Pucci

Being terrified and anxious about interviews can really affect many people and the prospect of landing their dream job. However, with some research and preparation, things can get a little easier.

In this article, you will learn how to overcome interview anxiety: what can help you prepare for interviews as well as tips on how to keep up during them.

How To Prepare For The Interview To Avoid Anxiety

Interview anxiety can lead to you feeling nervous, uncomfortable and potentially even sick on the day of your interview.

Follow these tips to help prepare for any interviews ahead of time.

1. Practice as much as you can

When it comes to interviews, practice makes perfect and can help you reduce your interview anxiety. Familiarise yourself with the company's mission and vision. Knowing what the company stands for will help you ask the right questions, which, in turn, will provide you with the confidence you need.

Practising questions and answers in front of a mirror can also make a huge difference.

2. Visualise your success

When you're feeling anxious about an upcoming interview, it can be helpful to visualise a successful outcome. Picture yourself answering questions confidently and with ease. See yourself shaking the interviewer's hand and leaving with a smile on your face.

By picturing yourself succeeding, you'll enter the interview room with more confidence.

3. Eat healthily and exercise

Eating something light before the interview will help you avoid a dip in blood sugar, which can make you feel irritable or faint. Moreover, consider going for a run or walk several hours before the interview to release negative energy. This will also help calm your mind and make you more alert during the interview.

Avoid caffeine and other triggers throughout the day; solely drinking water will be a much better option.

4. Lower your stress levels

One great way to lower your stress levels is by listening to music. Not only does it help you focus, but it can also be calming. You could also meet up with a friend before the interview and spend a couple of hours laughing and relaxing with them.

Laughter releases endorphins, which will help reduce stress and make you feel happier.

5. Do some breathing exercises

When you're feeling anxious, your heart rate goes up and your breathing becomes shallow. This can lead to a build-up of carbon dioxide in your body, which makes you feel even more anxious.

One way to combat this is to take deep breaths.

When you breathe in, focus on drawing the air all the way down into your lungs. Hold it for a few seconds, then let it out slowly. Repeat this until you start to feel calmer.

How To Stay Calm On Your Interview Day

Now that you are done preparing for the interview, there are a few things you can do to stay calm on your interview day.

1. Stay hydrated

It's really important to stay hydrated on your interview day. Bring a bottle of water, and do not be afraid to take a few sips during the interview to calm your nerves.

2. Take your CV with you

When you go for an interview, it is always a good idea to take your CV with you. A CV can help you keep track of what you need to say during the interview.

3. Breath normally

The heart rate of someone who is under stress increases and can lead to a panic attack. When you're anxious, it's hard to focus on anything else. By concentrating on your breathing, you'll be able to clear your mind and stay calm throughout the interview.

4. Break the ice with small talk

If the idea of starting off an interview with serious talk terrifies you, make sure you break the ice with appropriate small talk or even jokes. You could, for example, compliment the office space and ask if it has been recently refurbished.

5. Do not speak fast

Interview nerves can get the best of us and cause us to speak quickly. However, this is often seen as a negative trait.

When your nerves are ramping up, don't answer questions too quickly. If a question is unclear or if you need time to think about it, take a deep breath before answering.

In this way, you'll come across as more composed and in control - both qualities that interviewers love to see.


Don’t let nerves get the better of you. Learn how to overcome interview anxiety, practise, and go get the job you deserve!

We are the leading provider of recruitment events, job fairs, and career fairs in the United Kingdom with the sole purpose of connecting fantastic talent with different companies. Land that interview and get that job today!

Upcoming Events

Check out our full and comprehensive list of upcoming events.

Bolton Careers Fair
March 29, 2023
Swindon Careers Fair
March 29, 2023
Sheffield Careers Fair
March 30, 2023
Birmingham Careers Fair
March 31, 2023
Plymouth Careers Fair
April 5, 2023
Hull Careers Fair
April 11, 2023
Leicester Careers Fair
April 12, 2023
Peterborough Careers Fair
April 12, 2023
Canterbury Careers Fair
April 13, 2023
Ipswich Careers Fair
April 13, 2023
Oxford Careers Fair
April 14, 2023
Milton Keynes Careers Fair
April 14, 2023
Sunderland Careers Fair
April 18, 2023
Stirling Careers Fair
April 18, 2023
Nottingham Careers Fair
April 19, 2023
Aberdeen Careers Fair
April 19, 2023
Dundee Careers Fair
April 20, 2023
Rotherham Careers Fair
April 20, 2023
Leeds Careers Fair
April 21, 2023
Perth Careers Fair
April 21, 2023
Durham Careers Fair
April 25, 2023
Bournemouth Careers Fair
April 26, 2023
Preston Careers Fair
April 26, 2023
Bristol Careers Fair
April 27, 2023
Derby Careers Fair
April 27, 2023
Manchester Careers Fair
April 28, 2023
Stoke-on-Trent Careers Fair
August 2, 2023