Why You Need To Get Over Being Nervous In Interviews

 In Interviewing Strategies

Being nervous during interviews happens to most people.

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.

If you are so distracted by outcomes and not investing your energy into the conversation taking place, then THAT’s 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? (i.e. you become friends?)

That’s exactly what an 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.

Dawn Rasmussen, CMP, is a Certified Advanced Résumé Writer and the president of Portland, Ore.-based Pathfinder Writing and Career Services. Clients from across the United States and Canada and from all career levels have benefited from Dawn’s highly-focused and results-oriented résumé, cover letter, and job search coaching services. Many professional groups as well as colleges and universities have appreciated the insights and expertise she shares during presentations on career management topics, and she is a frequently requested national speaker as a result.

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