Interview Questions and Answers: Physical preparation for interviews

Stress can even affect how you hear interview questions. Interview questions can seem intimidating. Stress-amplified perceptions also interfere with interview answers, sometimes severely. You can find yourself holding back, reducing the quality of your interview answers.

Posture, when affected by stress, affects circulation and breathing. It's hard to think, let alone give good interview answers, with your circulation being reduced and your breathing obstructed. People can be so stressed they don't understand interview questions.

Presentation can also be very stressful. Some interviewees worry more about their presentation more than giving the correct interview answer.

Physical preparation for an interview

Good presentation will make you feel a lot better, from the first second. Being able to relax makes you more receptive to interview. Get rid of the things which are causing you stress. You'll be able to settle down and give your interview answers without trauma.


The Golden Rule Of Interviews: The wardrobe for interviews is 'Basic Business'. No more, no less. It's effective, it's easy, leave it at that.

Men- wardrobe

Suit and tie with business shoes will do. The interview questions shouldn't be about your ability to dress. Your presentation should be good, but within the bandwidth of the office.

Men- grooming

Anything clean and presentable. Nothing too dramatic. You need the interview questions to be about the job. You'll also find that answering interview questions is a lot easier when you're less self conscious.

Women- wardrobe

Business attire, and nothing but. Don't overdo it. Your interview can turn into target practice, if you get it wrong. The interview is supposed to be about your career goals and your interview answers, not your fashion sense.

Women- grooming

Same as the men, nothing too dramatic. Don't make the first interview question 'Where on Earth did you get that...?'

How to deal with 'Interview nerves'- Physical preparation

Interview nerves are perfectly normal. It's not being able to handle them which is the real problem.

You're over the wardrobe hurdle, so now let's look at the nervous tension.

These are the basic physical methods of reducing tension:

Eat properly the night before the interview

This seems obvious, but a good meal is the best way to make sure you're all there and paying attention to the interview questions, and giving good interview answers.

Sleep comfortably

Rest is absolutely essential. Lack of sleep makes you a lot more tense. Sleep is a true healer, a preparation of itself. Enough sleep allows you to concentrate on your interview questions.

Don't rush yourself

Take time to make sure you're doing things right, particularly your interview answers. Give yourself enough time to think about them.

Exercise either the night before or the morning of the interview.

Physical exercise, full workouts or yoga, will do the job. Your breathing will improve dramatically, your circulation will therefore improve. Your mind will relax, because it's under a lot less stress.

The only real interview question now is 'Are you prepared?'