Dear Anxious Andrea:
Stress can be very hard to deal with if you don’t know different strategies to deal with it.
First off, from experience, I faced anxiety head on. I knew that when I was having an anxiety attack. I knew that I wasn’t going to die and that it was just a feeling: something I could control in my brain by changing my negative thought to positive.
As one strategy I learned, if I was in a room, I would find things around the room and name them off. Another tool that I used was that I would count to ten, breathing through my nose and out of my mouth.
It was hard at first but eventually I found different tools to help me cope especially in a stressful situation like a job interview.
My advice for you to for you to be more confident in an interview is to practice with a friend or family member. It's like studying! If you read it, write it, recite it and review it, you will have success!
It will show that you are prepared, professional and ready to take on the position.
I should state that before your interview, practice changing your negative thoughts to positive ones. Think about something exciting coming up, or listen to an upbeat song just before the interview. Listening to music can change the way you feel and think.
Try your hardest not to move your hands in an interview if you're feeling nervous - it shows low confidence.
Visualize your success in your interview.