Post # 1
I have a kind of interview thing coming up this week (a “meeting” with the hiring manager is what the business owner referred to it as) and I’m so nervous about it, and not quite sure what to expect. I’ve only ever had one interview in my life, and my current workplace was just desperate to hire anybody so that’s basically how I got the job. My memory of that interview isn’t the best since it was quite a while ago. Do any of you bees have any interviewing advice for an overly anxious person who is also easily flustered? (Even when I went in to drop off my application I stuttered and accidentally told them the wrong age at first when they asked how old I am! Soooo embarrassing!!) I’m just stressing about it a ton, and I REALLY want it to go well, as I feel like I would really enjoy working there.
Post # 2
I also get incredibly anxious when dealing with interviews or just going to work in general. For interviews, what I do is tell myself (in my head) that I’m too good for them and I don’t need this job. THEY should be honored to have ME.
lol I know it sounds narcissistic but it’s the only way I fake my way into being confident. And during the interview, I act all upbeat and wide-eyed and so eager to join. While traveling to the interview or coming back home, I curse them out in my head and think, “Well who the f___ needs them anyway?” In that way, I don’t get my hopes up.
When I was in college and nervous before presentations in front of several judges/professors, I would also curse them out in my head. It mind sound weird but being angry at other people (even before they’ve done anything wrong or even had a chance to criticize me) takes my nerves away.
Of course, keep this all in your head!
Post # 3
slothbear : I’ll have to try that out! Thank you!!
Post # 4
Okay, oddly enough Natalie Dormer giving advice to actors who are auditioning is probably the interview advice that I feel like helped me the most – http://imgur.com/gallery/iHwxO I am another overly anxious person who is easily flustered so I feel you.
Essentially, the person interviewing you wants you to be the person they hire. They want to find the best person ASAP and they want that person to be you so that they have that position filled and so that they don’t have to interview any more. They are absolutely rooting for you to do well because it’s in their best interest as well. They’re not just sitting there, waiting for you to slip up or anything – they’re actively rooting for you to be their perfect fit.
Also, some more generic advice: they looked at your resume so they already think you’re qualified and suited to the job, so don’t worry about that. And treat the interview like a conversation, not like an interrogation (this seems so obvious to me in retrospect but when I was doing my first interviews, I absolutely did not think of it as a conversation). And have questions ready for the end of the interview.
Post # 5
amiryana : I totally didn’t even think about it like that, but that does make so much sense! Also, it not being an interrogation isn’t something I would’ve considered either. Thank you so much! 🙂