I’m HORRIBLE at interviews…..

posted 1 year ago in Career
Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Don’t forget, an interview is the time for you to figure out if the company will fit you as well! It always helps me feel a bit less nervous when I think of it that way. As much as they are asking you questions to see if you are a good fit for them, you should be doing the same! Trying to reframe an interview as more of a mutual exploratory meeting has always helped me. Come prepared with lots of your own questions as well! Not only will that help you learn more about the company, but it will usually come off as very impressive. Some of my favorites (that I’ve actually had interviewers say “great question!”) are:

– “What is the company culture like?”

– “What is your favorite part about working here?”

– “What is one thing that you would change here if you could?”

– “What do you think are the most important qualities someone needs to succeed in this position?”

– (If you are interviewing with someone who you would be reporting directly to) “How do you support your staff?” or “What is your management style like?” 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

A couple questions: how old are you, and have you been to college?

Those might sound TOTALLY unrelated, but I have an idea that could be super helpful … when I was in grad school, I also got really nervous in interviews. After some feedback about it from past employers, I went to the career services department at my university (even though I wasn’t an undergrad). They offered so much help, including coaching sessions where they’d put me in a mock interview with a stranger, go over my performance, and give me real life tips about how to improve. They also told me that they will offer these exact same services, for free, for any “young alum” (almost 30 here!) within five years of graduation.

Practicing interview skills with someone who can give you feedback could be incredibly helpful for you. If you have access to anything like this, or even just a friend with more HR experience, I recommend giving that a shot.

Post # 18
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96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I used to BOMB every interview.  Lack of confidence was a huge issue for me. Something that chaned everything for me was “Power Posing” before the interview. You can read more about it here: https://www.businessinsider.com/power-posing-before-a-job-interview-2012-11<!–StartFragment –>

Ever since I started doing that I was offered the job after every interview!

 I hope that helps and GOOD LUCK!!!!

 

 

 

 

Post # 19
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1261 posts
Bumble bee

I agree with a PP, when I think of interviews as a meeting of equals, ie they’re assessing if I’m suitable for the role and good fit for the company and I’m assessing if this is the role I actually want to do and a company I actually want to work for, I feel more relaxed and more confident.

Agree with power posing as well, I always find sitting back and more open gesture, take a few deep breaths all help my mind relax and feel more confident. 

As for before the interview, definitely prepare for the standard questions, especially if a quality is listed on the job description such as people skills or dealing with conflict or handling stress. Also I found it helpful to think of a handful of scenarios that I can use across multiple questions. So I can pull one of them out for say people skills and handling conflict, maybe one that covers attention to detail and handling stress, just as examples. That way you have less scenarios you need to remember. Also it’s easier to talk to actual experiences.

Post # 21
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Newbee

I just want to say that I 100% relate to you, so you are not the only one stuttering and blanking out. I used to be a ton worse than I am now, but I have gone through so many teaching interviews that I am pretty much OK with the in-person part–for me, it just took A LOT of real-life practice as well as experience in the field. Draw on your experiences so that you have something to talk about and give concrete examples. One question that still throws me off because it is so open-ended is “Tell me about yourself.” Obviously they want to hear a job-focused response, but I always end up rambling about my resume in greater detail when I get this question which may or may not be what they are looking for. Who knows? 

Today I have an on-site demo lesson, which always makes me a nervous wreck. I think I need to do 20 more of these before I can feel comfortable. 

Good luck on your interview!! 🙂 You’re not alone! 

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