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Seven tips for reducing stress in a job interview

sweaty Hands, voice chevrotante... in Front of the recruiter, you lose your means at the risk of ruining this face-to-face is crucial. The advice of Gregory Fai

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Seven tips for reducing stress in a job interview

sweaty Hands, voice chevrotante... in Front of the recruiter, you lose your means at the risk of ruining this face-to-face is crucial. The advice of Gregory Faideau, psychomotor therapist to overcome these tensions.

Cure the tics, disorders of attention, memory or speech, working with the body and the emotions of patients, it is the newspaper of the psychomotor therapist Gregory Faideau. Triggered by stress, these events can also occur in the interview. Good news: it is possible, thanks to some exercises, physical and mental, to bring down the pressure.

Before the interview

1. Repeat aloud

Meet with a recruiter is preparing. The questions to which you don't escape are known. There is nothing better than to simulate the maintenance, aloud, in front of a mirror or a trusted person (who, if possible, have enough presence or charisma may intimidate you). "There is a difference between the ideas that people have in their head and their verbalization. Ask her voice, finding a rhythm of speech is only possible by training: it is the repetition that allows the fluidity," emphasizes Grégory Faideau.

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2. Be observed to limit his movements parasites

to Simulate an interview allows one to be aware of the manifestations of his stress, a very important point. "It is full of non-verbal signs that you may not be aware of. When you tap your foot or cracking his fingers, it blurs the message that we want to pass the recruiter". Open his eyes on his bad reflexes (stiffness, manias) is often enough to abandon them.

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On the other hand, other symptoms, such as flushing, to be a victim of coughing too pushy or being too hot or cold are the body reactions that it is more difficult to fight alone. But an expert can help you.

3. Think positive

The day before, or the day before that, an interview, it is helpful to practice positive thinking because it allows to act on the body, insists the psychomotor therapist. "You have to imagine that you will spend a pleasant moment, it's going to be a good agreement with the recruiter, that you will exchange smiles. In and out of the interview with the impression of having succeeded." This allows to anticipate the manifestations of anxiety.

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Have a good hygiene of life do a session of sport is to improve management of their emotions the day of the interview.

D-day

4. Forget his phone

Gregory Faideau recommends that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance in order not to succumb to the anguish in the event of delay or waiting too long. What to do during this last quarter of an hour? The classic mistake is to entertain, to ward off the stress. "This is not what will allow us to prepare," says the psychomotor therapist. Exit therefore the consultation of the social networks or games on his phone.

5. Breathe not to tremble

In the heat of the action, the voice or the body may start to tremble. To calm down the vocal cords and the diaphragm, we need to know to breathe. "There are three types of breathing : clavicular, thoracic and abdominal. It is this last that most increases the respiratory volume and promotes relaxation of the muscles." The quake, which comes from an excess of information going to the muscles, can be fought. How? Tighten safe, then loosen the hands, feeling the relaxation induced by this gesture can calm you down.

Face to recruiter

6. Take root in the ground

stress can lead the body to contract in particular at the level of the trapezoids, and jaws. Result: identified, the shoulders give an attitude steep. The joint may be more difficult, the language can fourcher... To hunt this bad reflex, it is necessary to think well is to install. "We need to find a comfortable posture, the more balanced as possible : sitting down, preferably with feet on the ground to feel rooted and stable. Train station not too much leverage: in addition to that this position can be misunderstood, it is not adapted to a situation where you must be alert. On the other hand, talking with the hands is not a problem, on the contrary! These actions make it possible to give a rhythm to his speech and slow down. Useful to catch her breath.

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7. Stress a little bit all the same...

If everything is good to lower the pressure, the stress is not negative in itself, reminds us of Gregory Faideau: "there is good stress, it produces hormones to increase attention, to be more competent, and maintain the mental and physical effort." Be wary, therefore, of the total absence of stress, which can make wince a recruiter: "someone who shows nothing can also be someone who has no confidence, which is detached from everything".

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