**Stress and Job Interviews
-The goal of an interview is to effectively convey that you are the one for a job.
-However, interviews are often seen as "high stakes" environments that cause many to experience nerves and anxiety before or during their interviews.
-Sweaty palms, elevated heart rate, racing thoughts, and the inability to focus are common symptoms of interview stress and anxiety.
-For those who have limited or no interviewing experience, preparing for an interview may be a nerve-racking experience.
-Even seasoned professionals with years of interview practice can feel anxious or overwhelmed while preparing for or during an interview.
**Symptoms of Stress
-Stress affects each person differently, and the list below is by no means exhaustive.
-You may experience one, several, or none of these symptoms.
-Fear that the anxiety will spiral out of control
**The Relaxation Response
-The relaxation response is the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
-It basically undoes the work of the stress response after a stressful situation.
-The relaxation response happens when we feel safe, nurtured or taken care of.
-It can block effects from your body’s response to stress.
-This is good for your mental and physical health.
**Effective Relaxation Techniques
-The most effective relaxation technique is one that works for you!
-Different relaxation techniques will help different people at different times.
-What works for you this week, may not work next week.
-But it might work again next month.
-Our needs vary and so it’s important to have a toolbox of relaxation techniques to help you on a regular basis.