How many times have you found yourself freaking out before your big job interview?
You can feel those butterflies creeping up further and further as you reach the door of your prospective new employer. You start feeling hot and sweaty and are struggling to hold it together.
Your interviewers call you in, you sit down and already you feel the nerves getting the best of you. You know you are the perfect candidate for this role, but simple questions are leaving you lost for words or bumbling for a response.
This is a common occurrence for many people. Your nerves get the best of you, and you stop being the best version of yourself. A local council contacted me the other week asking me to help them with their staff as many of them were more than skilled and qualified for internal positions, but when faced with internal interviews, they were bombing out because their nerves would get the best of them in the interview.
I thought I would share an amazing technique which the Navy SEALS teach during their combat training, it is called ‘Box Breathing,’ and when practiced for 5-10 mins a day 2 weeks before your interview, you will start finding yourself in a more relaxed yet focused state than you have ever been in.
Box Breathing consists of four parts, where each part is held for 4 seconds.
- Breath out and exhale all of the oxygen from your lungs and hold this for 4 seconds without taking a breath.
- Now take a deep breath in and inhale as much oxygen through your nose as you can for 4 seconds.
- Next hold the oxygen in your lungs for 4 seconds while ensuring you don’t tense up through your back.
- To finish off exhale all of the oxygen in your lungs for 4 seconds.
Box breathing is so crucial in the lead up to a job interview. When we get nervous and overwhelmed, oour breathing rate drastically increases. Box breathing allows you to slow down your breath, completely relax and remove any overwhelm that is taking over.
So the next time you get a call up for your dream job interview, be sure to practice this amazing technique that is utilized by the Navy SEALS to center, calm and relax you for any nerve racking tasks you may encounter.
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Paul Ames is the founder of Skye’s The Limit Career Counselling, which he named after his daughter. In 2016 Paul was a winner of the Nifnex “Influential 100” small business awards in Perth, Australia. He has been featured on various national and international media and podcasts like- WA Today, Perth Now, The Age, SMH, The West Australian, Youngpreneurs Podcast and Motivate Me Podcast. Paul also operates his own show called the “Career Breakthrough Series” where he has interviewed amazing guests like Grant Cardone, Matt Manero and many more.