My all time favourite job interview advice – you MUST breathe well

Calmness vs NervousnessPeople often say to me “I find it difficult to be myself and talk as naturally as I wish while sitting in the interview room with an executive or HR manager.”

Have you been in a similar situation? Your heartbeat is racing, your answer has somehow escaped from the usual thinking process, your palm starts to sweat and you know your body language is betraying you. Your confidence is on a decline, and before you even walked out the door, you knew your chances for another interview were slim.

Do I still get nervous meeting people? I used to occasionally, but I rarely do so now. If I could control my fear and nervousness, so can you! Here I reveal my secret trick to turn my nervousness into calmness anytime, anywhere – Breathing correctly.

You may wonder why I make it such a big deal. You wouldn’t be reading this article if you weren’t breathing, right? Look at it like this: most of us can run, but we don’t run as fast as Usain Bolt.  Have you ever asked yourself why? He wasn’t born an Olympic gold medalist; he spent years training for it, and believe it or not, breathing techniques are one of the key elements for all athletes.

Breathing is something that we must do approximately 20 times per minute, 1,200 times per hour and 28,800 times per day. Since we cannot delegate and outsource this basic biological need, we should understand the mechanism of it and maximize the effect on what it does to our body and mind.

Increasing your awareness of breathing can cause a positive impact directly on your health, confidence and stress levels. It relaxes mind and body and supplies oxygen and energy throughout.


Eleanor Ho - Career Coach & Recruiter1. Inhale (breathe in) deeply through your nose, keep your mouth closed, and hold for 2-3 seconds. It relaxes your diaphragm and allows more air to enter your lungs. You should feel your abdomen being pushed away.

2. Exhale slowly through your mouth. Breathing out should take twice as long as inhaling.

3. Repeat 3-4 times.

Trilingual Career Coach & Recruiter with experience across Europe and Asia Pacific. She is also a speaker for workshops on resume writing, job searching tips, and interview techniques. She travels frequently but you can stay in touch with Eleanor via

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