How to avoid brain freeze during an interview
Interview situations are often nerve-wracking. They’re high pressure – you have just a matter of minutes to impress your potential new boss! The questions are designed to put you on the spot, to challenge you. It’s no surprise that this pressure often leads to brain freeze. And brain freeze can lead to you not getting the job.
The key is knowing how to overcome these nerves, in order to clearly illustrate and articulate your employability to a prospective employer.
One of these ways can seem unbelievably simple but it is one often overlooked by even the most confident of professionals… Breathe!
How do you breathe?
If you put your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your diaphragm and breathe – which hand moves the most?
We’ve found that many people answer “the right hand”. This means that they are using only the top of their lung capacity and therefore restricting the amount of oxygen. They are not using their diaphragm effectively, meaning there is less space available for incoming air. The impact of this incorrect breathing pattern is that the body has a stress response.
Result = a total brain freeze and a stuttering wreck!
To avoid this scenario, it’s important to practice breathing correctly as much as possible and gain a better of understanding of how to use your diaphragm. This will help you to be more relaxed, calmer, less stressed, healthier – and avoids that awful brain freeze in interview situations!
Breathing effectively also enables you to project your voice. A small, quiet, mumbling and shaky voice gives an impression that you have little confidence and, more worryingly, little conviction in what you are saying. Breathing correctly can have a remarkable effect on your voice – making it sound richer, stronger and more confident.
Remember to prepare.
Proper preparation is also key to giving a successful interview. Do your research into the people interviewing you, and also the role they’re hiring for. Grab every friend and family member and run through practice questions with them. Or practice with yourself! Speak your answers aloud and record yourself, so that you can listen back and critique your own performance!
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. And if you’re prepared, you’re far less likely to suffer from brain freeze in that all important interview moment.