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Replacing Stress with Success: How To Relax Before a Job Interview



After applying for job after job and playing the waiting game, you finally get the call that you’ve been waiting for!  You’ve been invited to an in-person interview.

You can barely contain your excitement!  You want to call and tell everyone you know the good news.  And BAM it hits you……the excitement starts to wear off, anxiety kicks in, and before you know it, you’re sweating bullets!

Take a deep breath! Landing the interview was half the battle and by using some of the tips I’m going to provide here, you’ll increase your odds of turning that interview into a job offer.

Repeat after me … R-E-L-A-X. If your body is in a relaxed state, your brain functions better and improves your response to those off the wall questions we sometimes get during an interview. Easier said than done, huh? Well, the first step to relaxing and calming those butterflies in your stomach is to figure out what relaxation tricks work best for you. For example, some people have to get in a workout the morning of a big interview, while others may opt to meditate. Some other ways to relax your body and mind include:

  • Fresh Air
  • Controlled Breathing
  • Massages
  • Power Nap
  • Music

Once you have identified the best way to relax, it’s essential to start off with a good night’s rest the night before the interview.  This is a must for waking up and feeling refreshed, cool, calm and collected.

The next morning,  focus on being calm from the moment you wake up.  Have you ever heard the saying “dress for success”? Well, it’s true! Pick an outfit that you feel confident in wearing.  You’ll have a little extra pep in your step when you have that first face-to-face meeting with the interviewer. Once you have the perfect outfit, then you can focus on preparing for your interview and not being distracted by how you look.

Next on the agenda would be a power breakfast.  Opt for a cup of water over a cup of coffee during breakfast to prevent anxiety.

Last but certainly not least, arrive early enough to your interview to have some “me time” to meditate, take deep breaths, listen to your favorite music or do other things that bring your body to a calm, relaxed state.

Well, now you’re ready, set, and good to go conquer that interview!

Good luck  and remember, you wouldn’t have been invited to the interview if the hiring manager didn’t think you had something to offer!

Jonee’ Lewis
Social Media Specialist

6 Responses

  1. bmijatovic1989 January 30, 2013 at 1:26 am #

    I am ready to be part of the Publix family!! 🙂

    • joneelewis
      joneelewis January 30, 2013 at 8:08 am #

      I am thrilled to hear you’re interested in joining our growing family :). Have you applied yet?

  2. bmijatovic1989 January 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    lol I didn’t think anyone would reply but yeah I did apply and I guess I wait now. Its nice of you to be concerned..

    • joneelewis
      joneelewis February 1, 2013 at 10:44 am #

      Of course! Best of luck to you. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any other assistance :). *fingers crossed*

  3. eman beshara September 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    hi any bady can help my I want fill application

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge October 7, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      Where are you trying to fill out an application, in the store or on our website?

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