How to Control Sweating in an Interview and Land the Job
Nervous sweats are inevitable when interviewing. The moment you walk into that room, your hands turn clammy and sweat starts pouring like you never thought possible. Sweating heavily during an interview screams that you're nervous and can't handle pressure. Don't let a sweaty, nervous disposition be your future employer's first impression of you. Learn how to control sweating in an interview so your true self can shine.
How to Control Sweating in an Interview
Job interviews are already nerve-wracking, and when you suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating), it’s even worse.
Feeling a flash of heat and visible sweat marks forming on your shirt annihilates your confidence.
You’re too distracted trying to cover up your sweat marks to focus on answering the interview questions.
Unfortunately, sweating in a job interview is not only common, it’s normal. Interview are high-stress situations. When you’re nervous, your body’s fight or flight system activates, sending a rush of hormones into your body.
The good news? There are ways to manage your sweat so you can focus on nailing that job interview. Here are the best tips to control sweating in the interview and put your best foot forward:
Take advantage of the confidence boost that preparation gives you. Do your homework — research the company, study your résumé so you can speak confidently about your experience. Do mock interviews with different people to get comfortable answering a variety of interview questions.
Be on Time
Running late to an interview is stressful and does nothing for your nerves or sweat glands. Make sure to arrive with plenty of time so you're not sweating unnecessarily from the get-go.
Take Deep Breaths
Spend a few minutes in your car or the waiting room to focus on breathing. Take five or 10 slow, deep breaths to recalibrate and calm your nerves before the interview. Listening to relaxing music on the drive can also help keep you cool and collected.
Don’t Apply Lotion
You have the good sense to shower before the interview. By lathering up in lotion right before is never a good idea.
If you must apply lotion, allow plenty of time for it to absorb into your skin — or you'll sweat it off in the interview. The slimy feeling will distract you — or worse — end up on the hand of the interviewer (gross).
Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you to apply right before the interview to avoid an unpleasant handshake.
Bring a Cloth to Wipe Your Hands Beforehand
No one likes a warm, sweaty handshake — especially not your future co-worker or employer. Bring a small handkerchief or cloth to wipe your hands before extending that hand (and avoid using your pants as a substitute).
Avoid Spicy Foods, Nicotine and Alcohol
All three can trigger your sweat glands, so save the coffee for after the interview. You’ll be so pumped on nerves and adrenaline you won’t even notice it.
Bring a Cold Bottle of Water
Drinking water before and during the interviewing helps regulate your body temperature so you sweat less.
If your hands get sweaty, hold the bottle of ice cold water to disguise your sweat. It’s not a foolproof or long-term solution, but it will get you through the end-of-the-interview handshake.
If you’re comfortable enough, let your interviewer know about your condition. “I apologize in advance, but I have a sweating condition, so my hands are a little damper than your average interviewer.” It will break the ice, and you’ll feel more comfortable. Plus, the interviewer won't dock you points for sweating under pressure.
Wear a Sweat Proof Undershirt
This point can’t be stressed enough. Wearing proper clothing under your suit can help contain sweat and odor. Thompson Tee is the only sweat proof undershirt for men and women guaranteed to conceal sweat marks. The built-in Hydro-Shield technology traps sweat and releases it as vapor — meaning no odor, no pit stains.
There’s no universal cure for hyperhidrosis or situational sweating. But there are ways to manage it so it doesn’t kill your confidence in a job interview.
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