An interview can be one of your most nerve-racking experiences if you don't prepare properly. However, there are certain techniques you can try beforehand that will calm your nerves and help you focus better.
In the final part of our two-part series, we look at three ways chefs can keep their composure during interviews:
1. Eat something beforehand
Chefs should have no problem incorporating this piece of advice into their pre-interview regimen. WebMD suggests eating antioxidant-rich blueberries, omega-3 essential fatty acids and foods with a lot of vitamin E such as nuts and seeds. Blueberries can protect the brain from oxidative stress. Omega-3 can reduce symptoms of ADHD and vitamin E supplements have become popular antioxidants.
Interestingly enough, researchers have also found that coffee is great to drink before an interview because it prevents short-term memory loss.
2. Think of the interview as a conversation
It's difficult to think of an interview as anything but what it really is. However, try viewing it as a conversation between two people getting to know each other. The interviewer wants to ensure you're the right fit for the family just as much as you want to ensure you're the right fit for the position as well.
3. Take a breath
Adrenalin causes you to become short of breath. Taking a deep breath can help your brain receive the necessary amount of oxygen to function properly. This will help slow your body down so you can better focus on your presentation.