Stop Being Nervous in Job Interviews… Here’s Why

Nervous job interviewBeing nervous during interviews happens to most people. Why? Because we tend to focus too much on what the outcome might be (read: I won’t get the job) that we forget to be in the moment. And that feeds our nervousness.

But what we are really doing is becoming our very own saboteur.

When you are so distracted by outcomes and not investing your energy into the conversation taking place at that instant, then THAT is actually where you lose control and fail.

Instead, try to think about an interview in these terms:

Imagine that the interviewer is a celebrity you’ve been dying to meet. You finally get face time with them, and you are excited and curious to learn more.

Is their public persona the same as the person in front of you? Are they really as cool as you think they are? Can you find things in common? Do you share the same interests? Is there a thread there that might lead to a long-term connection?

That’s exactly what a job interview is like. It’s a moment where all the work you’ve done to get to that moment is culminated in the most exciting opportunity to explore these possibilities.

This is why you need to get over being nervous in interviews.

Reframe and retrain your thinking to quit getting ahead of yourself and what the end game is, and focus on what you are doing right now. If you take this approach, you’ll start to see better results. After all, you’ve made it this far, and that means that they are equally interested in you.

Believe me, they are desperately hoping you are the last person they interview so they can fill the job. So shift your thinking… and go out and have fun in interviews.

You’ve earned it!

 

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Dawn Rasmussen 3About the Author: Dawn Rasmussen, CMP is President of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, a provider of results-oriented résumé, cover letter, and job search coaching services.

Dawn is also the official “Get the Job” columnist for One+ Magazine distributed to over 26,000 meeting professionals worldwide and Talentzoo.com, a job resource site for creative and marketing professionals. Dawn is also a recognized career expert on Careerealism.com – a top 10 world-ranked career advice blog – and a regular contributor to TalentCulture.com’s #TChat. Follow Dawn on Twitter!

 

 

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  • Kathy

    Good advice. I’ve never really been nervous at interviews. I think it is because I do not think that the person on the other side of the table is any different or better than me. Either I am a good fit or not, it’s in both our interests to find out.
    My only concern is over the advise to think of the interviewer as a celebrity, since most people act like blubbering idiots around celebrities. 🙂