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You have a big job interview coming up, and just thinking about it gives you anxiety. This position checks all your boxes, so you want to make a great impression.

First of all, feeling nervous about a job interview is completely normal. Most people get a bit uncomfortable in the hot seat, so you’re certainly not alone.

Planning ahead is the key to succeeding in a job interview — and that includes knowing you might feel tense before the big meeting. Here are a few strategies to help you collect yourself before meeting with the hiring manager.

Be Prepared

It’s hard to be too nervous about a job interview when you know you’re ready for anything thrown your way. In the days and weeks leading up to the interview, spend more time than feels necessary researching the company, practicing responses to common interview questions, and coming up with a list of intelligent questions to ask the interviewer. This will allow you to walk into the meeting with confidence, knowing you’ve got this.

Get Some Fresh Air

Simple yet effective, getting outside for even a quick walk can help clear your mind and ease the tension. If you’re interviewing in person, plan to arrive a few minutes early so you have time to take a casual stroll around the block. For Zoom — or phone — interviews, plan a walk a few minutes before the interview starts.

Phone a Friend (or Family Member)

There’s nothing like a little pep talk to boost your confidence before a job interview. Give your most supportive loved one a call to help you get in a frame of mind that will allow you to present your very best self. Hearing someone you trust sing your praises will help you realize you can do anything you set your mind to — i.e., get this job.

Don’t Expect Perfection

A job interview is a high-pressure situation, so stop stressing yourself out even more by envisioning a perfect performance. There’s a good chance you’re going to make a few mistakes during the meeting — and that’s okay. It’s important to realize this in advance, so when it happens, you’re able to quickly move on from your mishap. Interviewers know you’re not perfect, so there’s no need to place an undue burden on yourself.

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