Post # 1
I really hope you can help me!
A new job has ben advertised at work (in another department) and I have been approached and urged to apply for it. It would be a promotion and a great opportunity and I would enjoy the move! I know I could do the job well and be happy doing so and have no fear about changing offices etc but what I do fear is the INTERVIEW!!
I really cannot explain why but I actually feel physically sick at the thought… so much so that I imagine myself having to run out of the interview room to throw up. I am so nervous! When I was approached by my possible new boss and urged to apply I felt my stomach flip and I felt really sick as I spoke to him.
I do suffer from anxiety and this fear of throwing up in the job interview is ruining my chances of promotion..
Post # 3
I also suffer from anxiety and I have a couple suggestions:
1. Try to occupy your mind with other things. When your mind starts to talk about it again, say “STOP” to yourself. Repeat as needed.
2. Tense up your entire body for a few seconds than release. I mean TENSE; tighten all your muscles, squeeze your eyes shut, clench your fists. Might seem counter-productive but it actually really helps get rid of all the tension inside when you release.
3. If you absolutely cannot get it out of your mind no matter how hard you try, I suggest journaling. Sometimes typing/writing out everything inside is a great release (hint – don’t worry about spelling etc, and don’t go back and read it! Just type it out and leave it alone).
I’m sure you’ll be fantastic in your interview and I wish you the best of luck!
Post # 4
Poor thing! Do you usually suffer from anxiety? If you regularly feel like this you might want to consider seeing your doctor. If this is only in regards to job interviews you shouldn’t worry so much! That manager approached you for a reason. Oftentimes inter-company interviews are mostly a formality and a chance to make sure you both are fully informed as to what the job requires. That manager wouldn’t have approached you if he didn’t think you were capable.
See if you can do a sample interview with your SO or a friend. That should help to make you more comfortable answering questions.
Before the interview just make sure you eat a solid meal (nothing to heavy or likely to disagree with you) and try to avoid caffeine if it gives you the jitters.
And just think of the bright side, even if the interview doesn’t go well, you still have a job! So that’s at least one less thing to worry about. 🙂
Post # 5
When you feel the anxiety, make a consious effort to change the feeling to excitement. A promotion! A new job! That is exciting!! And they asked you to apply – that is awesome! Congratulations 🙂
Post # 6
Practice. I know it sounds weird, but seriously, just practice talking before the interview. If you have coworkers that you are comfortable with, go out to lunch with them or book a meeting room and let them grill you in a very professional way. I think that if you practice and become comfortable with talking in an interview type manner, that might help with some of the nerves. And it sounds like you’ve been at the company a while, so i’m sure it will be sort of informal and not the high pressure situation that an entirely new person would be put in. Just take your time, be confident and you’ll do fine. You know you can do the job, just be yourself, take a few deep breaths, and rock it.
Post # 7
I suffer from anxiety, too. So, if it is a constant issue for you (and not just promotion related) I STRONGLY urge you to see a doctor. It’s amazing how much better life can be when you’re not anxious all the time.
Second, I think the best thing to do is have your pitch down. You were strongly encouraged to apply for the job – meaning that they think you are qualified. Ask your SO to sit down with you and practice interview you. Ask a cowork to run a few tough questions by you. Pick out your power interview outfit in advance and have it all ready to go.
I know it’s nerve-wracking, but with the right preparation, it can be a much more enjoyable experience. And like I said, if it’s constant anxiety that you suffer from, consider talking to your doctor.
Post # 8
thank you so much for your kind words and advice. they mean a lot! they really do.
i am anxious in a lot of situations – crowded places / basically places that I cant easiliy escape fromso I think that is why the thought of sitting in a interview room makes me crazy! i can only do my best and try to prepare well and relax.
ahhhhhhhh.. well the interview will not be for at least 2 weeks. thank you all sooooooooooo much again. it means a lot!
Post # 9
Imagine the worst possible thing that could happen: you might not get the job.
Okay, so even if that happens, that’s a bummer, but you’ll survive! 🙂 That’s what helps to get me through new situations like that. Good luck!!