5 Top Tips For Staying Cool In An Interview Or Important Meeting

Getting nervous or anxious before an important meeting is natural and it’s good to scare yourself now and again. Life would be boring otherwise. But when you’re heading into an important meeting or interview the last thing you want is to get sweaty palms and start stumbling over your words. You know exactly what you want to say but sometimes the nerves just get the better of you.

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To help you get exactly what you want from your next meeting, we’ve put together our top five tried and tested tips for keeping cool…

#1 Preparation, preparation, preparation.
To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail. Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation….and so on and so forth. You know this, but seriously the number one rule is to prepare properly and have questions ready for the end.

#2 Ask for a glass of water
You will more often than not be offered a drink when you sit, and sometimes you’ll bat away the offer without thinking about it. Well, next time say yes. A glass of water will not only whet your throat so you can speak clearly, it can also give you a precious few seconds to think when asked a tricky question. Take a sip, think, speak.

#3 Keep your hands on your lap, separately
Cupped hands = sweaty palms. Noticing your sweaty palms makes you think about how you’re going to dry them without the person opposite you noticing. And then all of a sudden you’ve been thinking about your hands instead of listening to the question. And oh no, now you need to speak but don’t know what was said! Keep your hands on your lap, separately.

#4 Smile
One of the many benefits of smiling is that it releases endorphins and serotonin, making you feel good even if you’re a little nervy. It’s also contagious so all being well, will be mirrored by your interviewer making them feel good too. Obviously only smile if it’s appropriate, don’t go in beaming if you’re interviewing for a mortuary…

#5 Have a conversation
You may have a lot of questions flying your way, try sending a few back. Being interested in the person you’re speaking to can only reflect well, this is your chance to get to know each other and see if whatever your interviewing for is going to work. I can’t imagine they want to be sat down for an hour or so having one word answers throw their way. People like to talk about themselves, so be inquisitive, make them feel at ease too.

Whether you’re interviewing for a new position or going into an important meeting with your current job, these tips will help you keep your cool and reach for your next career goal. Go get ’em girls.

Did these tips help you? Let us know in the comments below.



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  1. I agree with the preparation point 100%. I’ve made the mistake of not preparing before and I will never make it again. My other suggestion is slow down your speech. You ten to rush when nervous which just betrays your anxiety.

  2. I always accept some water and try to smile and make eye-contact, I think all these little habits help!

    Lauren x
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  3. Great tips! I have always found hat preparation is the one that stops me being nervy because if you know a lot of answers to questions they might say then it makes it much easier, less on the spot. And the glass of water is definite must too, those seconds are precious under pressure!




  4. Always take the water! Good tip. It gives you something to do with your hands if you feel a bit nervous – pick it up, take a sip, think about your answer, etc.

    Rachel | http://www.currentlyrachel.com

  5. I think preparation is so key. For me its also about remembering to slow down, to take a breath or a pause, it also stops me getting tongue tied or saying in 60 words what i could have in 10!


  6. Prep makes SUCH a big difference! Love the tip about the glass of water too! x
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  7. I had to develop some functional conversational skills to get rid of the interview/presentation jitters. It works to think that you can talk about the job like the most casual thing ever! (At least when you know what you’re talking about.)

  8. I love all of your career girl tips! I’m new to your blog and seriously open all of your posts when they pop up on Bloglovin’! There are so relevant to so many people! Bravo.

    xo Carlina

  9. I definitely know to prepare a lot prior the interview. But getting stuck answering questions and becoming so anxious prior and during interviews are the worst from me. I love your tips and I did these tips previously but seem to stuff up in the end. I like reading this post! xx

  10. The water is such a valid point!

    In the past I’ve used water as “oh good question! ”
    Gives you extra time

  11. I have been doing those without noticing that they are all that necessary! Haha! I never cup My hands because I think that makes Me look nervous, I never turn down the “what would You drink?” because it gives the right amount of friendliness and it makes You dodge all the “common have something” “no nothing” “You sure” “yes” sequence lol!

    SJay // The Chronic Dreamer | A Lifestyle Blog

  12. Useful tips.
    Let me say that the window for following you on FB and the one for subscribe to your newsletter is really bothering! I have to close two windows every time I want to read your posts.

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