(Closed) Afraid of interviews!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MsLittleBookOwl:  Write down questions you think they might ask and come up with answers before hand. Try to practice the answers (but not so much that they sound rehearsed). That way you don’t have to take as much time to think of a good response.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Does the position you’re going for have a role statement?  Usually 90% of the questions are drawn out of that role statement.

Other than that, my only advice is to go on as many interviews as possible, even if you don’t think you have a chance, its worth it just for the practice.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MsLittleBookOwl: 

Review the job description for key words and practice using those words in answers to hypothetical questions. 

Practice breathing in before answering. We have a bad habit of exhaling (which is soothing) to calm down before we answer a question or speak in public, but that leaves us with no air, so we immediately feel panicky. Inhale slowly before you answer, and you’ll have a chest full of air to answer with, so you’ll feel calmer.

Remember that you’re the expert on you!

Post # 6
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Worker bee

If you can, practice with someone else asking you potential interview questions. That way it’ll be a real conversation and you can identify areas that you might have trouble with in the real interview. Knowing your weak spots will let you think of how you’d answer the questions in advance. Being asked questions you’ve already practiced helpss enormously for nerves!

Be sure to highlight your skills and experiences that match those listed in the job description. I’d make a list of your experiences that align with each element of the job so you have specific examples in your mind to refer back to during the interview. Much better than trying to remember on the spot.

The night before/morning of the interview, I like to have a pep talk from people close to me to bolster my confidence. In my case, my dad and my SO know just what to say. Maybe you can find your own personal cheerleaders.

A word of advice my dad gave me which made me feel a lot better: If they’ve invited you in to interview, they already like you! They think you are one of the few people who can do the job. Employers are not going to waste time interviewing someone who can’t do the work.  You just have to show them that their instincts were right and that you would be a great person for their team.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MsLittleBookOwl:  I feel the exact same way as you do about public speaking/interviews. Everyone that commented above is right. Make sure that you are prepared with possible questions they could ask you and do your research on the company you are interviewing with. Also, I know it sounds easier said than done, but tuly try to not psych yourself out. Tell yourself that you can and will do well in this interview. Breathe slow and deep (I take 5 deep breaths before I even get out of my car). I swear the hardest part is walking in the building.

AND I ALSO HAVE WONDERFUL NEWS FOR YOU! If you are ok with taking prescription medication, go to your doctor and ask them for a prescription for Propranolol. It is a lifesaver! I take 1/2 a pill an hour before I go in and it completely lessens any of the nervous symptoms that I have. What it does is lower your blood pressure so that you don’t sweat, shake, stutter, get hot flashes etc…  as much.

Being very prepared and taking a small dose will hopefully do the trick! Good luck and breathe!

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