For many of us, the moments leading up to a job interview are anything but enjoyable. Your palms are sweating, your heart is pounding, and you feel like throwing up inside.
Thankfully, there are proven body language tricks to help overcome these feelings and nail your next big interview.
Before the interview
Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early. After checking in at the front desk, ask the individual to point you in the direction of the restroom while they notify the hiring manager of your arrival. Once in the restroom, find a private stall and take three minutes to conduct this quick confidence booster:
- Smile for one minute
- Do the “power posing” for two minutes
Sure, it’s hard to smile when it feels like the future of your entire career could potentially boil down to the interview about to take place. But give it a shot.
A study conducted by the Journal of Psychological Science found that smiling — even forcing a smile — results in a lowered heart rate, ultimately reducing stress.
“Act as if you were already happy, and that will tend to make you happy.”
Still not convinced…? In the book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, one of the best-selling self-help books ever published, author Dale Carnegie discussed the power of smiling.
He wrote, “Don’t feel like smiling? Then what? Two things. First, force yourself to smile. If you’re alone, force yourself to whistle or hum a tune or sing. Act as if you were already happy, and that will tend to make you happy.”
Immediately after performing step one…
#2 Do the “power posing” for two minutes
A study conducted by Harvard social psychologist, Amy Cuddy, revealed how “power posing” can raise testosterone levels (i.e. increase confidence) and lower cortisol levels (i.e. reduce stress).
The study was so popular it has since become one of the most-watched TED Talks of all time!
To perform the power-pose, simple spread your legs shoulder-width apart, place your hands on your hips, chin up, and look straight ahead.
Seriously, stand up right now and give it a go. Oddly enough, it works!
There you have it. Two proven body language tricks to help you overcome those pre-interview jitters and nail your next interview!
Just remember, your mind doesn’t just control your body. But your body can control your mind.
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