Another way to get rid of nerves is to listen to music that will put you either in a tranquil non-stress state or listen to some music that will pump you up—you know, some confidence boosting music that assures you that you are in fact the best. It can help you feel inspired which can in-turn help you dominate in the interview. Make a track list and listen to some motivational (or simply relaxing music) on the drive to the interview and or/while you wait.
Lastly, if you start feeling nervous during the interview remember that it’s ok to admit it.
During the beginning of the interview or if you start to stumble on a question, it’s ok to say something like, “I apologise, I’m extremely nervous. This is my first interview” or “It’s been quite some time that I’ve been in this position.” This will only make you appear more human and the interviewer may just be able to relate to you more. Who knows, the interviewer may even be just be as nervous as you are.
Have a dress rehearsal:
Another way to plan ahead and feel more at ease is to have a full-on “mock” dress rehearsal of the interview. Pick out your outfit, get all of your documents in order and have a friend or relative interview you. Here, your “interviewer” will be able to help point out your strengths and weakness as well as address any mannerisms you may need to correct; for example, you may use too many informal words like “totally and awesome” or speak way too quickly which can hinder your chances of getting hired.
As part of the dress rehearsal it may also be a good idea to actually take a quick drive-by to where your interview will take place. This can ensure that you don’t get lost on the day of (Google Maps is not always reliable) and can give you an opportunity to check out the parking situation. Even if you know where you’re going, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get there on the day of and ask for the interviewers direct phone number—accidents do happen and if you get into a car collision or there is far more traffic than you anticipate, you need to call immediately and let the interviewer know you will be running late or need to reschedule.