Interview Anxiety

posted 2 months ago in Career
Post # 2
435 posts
Helper bee

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 # 4
459 posts
Helper bee

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 – 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.

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