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« on: May 04, 2008, 02:52:39 AM »

I have an interview coming up this week.  One of the major problems I have is getting nervous before the interview.  Usually I begin to think about the questions I might get asked and before I know it, my mind starts racing and I can't think straight.  Does anyone have suggestions on what I can do before an interview to ease my stress?
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2008, 02:59:12 PM »

Write things down, makijng a list of objections and how you will handle them is a lot easier than keeping it all in your head and trying to guess all the posibilities.
Also, we have these things called Kalms in the UK which are perfect for interviews, they are a herbal supplement which work in the same way as Beta Blockers without the chemical side effect...worth a look into. Get a good nights rest, plan as much as possible, look into researching the company and make sure you look good, you should be fine
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2008, 06:41:33 PM »

I like your suggestion of making a list of possible objections.  That will ease some of my anxiety. 

I just hate interviews.  I feel so much pressure to make a good first impression.  Everything is so important on that day from the clothes you wear, the way you sit, the tone in your voice, having good posture, make eye contact, and make sure you answer the questions with good answers.  Sometimes I feel as though I'm going to court in front of a judge.  I wish there was a better way to get a job.   
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2008, 12:17:09 PM »

Write things down is good - if you live near the countryside, go for a walk in the peace and quiet and get a clear head - not always the case if you live in the city though!  Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2008, 05:18:56 PM »

I really love to walk and exercise.  When ever I feel stress, sometimes I'l go on my treadmill and walk for a few miles.  It's amazing how much better I feel afterwards.  I just wish I could go to an interview and work out on my treadmill at the same time.  Wouldn't that be funny?  I suppose it would be much better to have interviews in a much more sociable atmosphere to reduce the anxiety you feel. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2008, 01:25:02 AM »

Some places will conduct an interview in a more relaxed setting such as a restaurant.  My brother had an interview like this.  He met with the interviewer at a very elegant restaurant along with 4 other people from the company.  Together they asked him questions about the job, his resume, and past work experience.  Overall the interview went well and he was hired for the job.  Usually these types of interviews are for high end positions.  Although the stress level is high for any interview, going to a restaurant can a little less intimidating.
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2008, 05:22:53 PM »

I think you also just need to be aware that being nervous is worse than giving a bad interview to some degree. Although it's easy for a third party to tell you to keep calm, it really is a case of the fact you come across so much worse when you are trying to come across well.
You need to be aware that the interviewer is likely going to be as nervous as you as they have a list of questions to get through. I'm suhc a big fan of prepeartion. The reason you get so worried is because you think you may not be able to answer all the questions. But if you prep well enough that shouldn't be a massive problem.

Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2008, 05:34:45 PM »

I will definitely take your advice Zahina and try to prepare as much as possible before the interview so I'm not so nervous, but what about those questions that are really difficult to answer, such as when they give you a scenario and you are asked, "what your you do in this situation?"  Yuk! That's when I draw a blank because they caught me off guard.  You can't prepare for those questions.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2008, 12:21:52 PM »

You can to a certain extent, I would do an internet search for "competency based questions" this will give you a generalist list of these type of questions; i.e. what did you do in this situation etc and you can get a bit of an idea as to the format of these.
What you need to be aware of is that you do have time to think. The interviewer is never going to expect you to have an answer immediately, they have given you a scenario so expect you to take your time and think of a reasonable answer to their question. So many people struggle here because they think they need to answer quickly and henceforth they answer badly. Take the time to think, you aren't a superhuman at the end of the day and they know that!
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2008, 04:29:22 PM »

There's some great free interview tips on the www.Langton Howarth.co.uk website. The company specialise in Scientific Recruitment but the advice is relevant for any sort of interview
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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2008, 07:18:29 PM »

Hi,
I agree with most of the reverts about tips of relaxing.. Its better to be prepared but not good to be perturbed. I would also suggest positive affirmations to yourself to boost your spirits. And most importantly dont try anything new before the interview like a new hairstyle for eg..the key is just to be yourself..mostly an interview would be about what you did in the past and your potential for the future / role in question..its important to be confident..not only show it..
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2008, 05:18:31 PM »

One of the best ways to reduce interview stress is to be properly prepared for your interview. Before the job interview think about the things that stress you and put some coping mechanisms in place. For example if you are anxious about finding the company make sure you have the correct directions and have worked out your route beforehand.
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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2008, 10:12:59 AM »

Stress and nerves before an interview are perfectly normal. Some great advice I have been given, and have heard in numerous documentaries about psychology, is that you should imagine yourself performing the interview in a positive way, and see yourself delivering good positive answers. Most nervousness and anxiety comes from worrying and imagining that the process is going to go wrong, or thinking too much about the big what if? Scenario!

It’s important to understand your strengths to build up that important confidence before an interview.  And remember the old saying “Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance”!

Within the interview process remember, it’s as much about whether the job is right for you as are you right for the job (this always helps me). Have some throw back questions prepared for example “How did you start to work for this company?” “Do you enjoy working here?” It builds up a relationship with the interviewer and makes the atmosphere a little less tense.
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