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Tips for dealing with anxiety while in a job interview/starting a new job

I've been looking for a new job since being made redundant from my previous job. I find that I get overly anxious about interviews and I have talked myself out of applying for jobs because the job description sounds scary and I'm not sure I could do the work, when clearly I could.
Category: Social Anxiety 8 years ago
Asked 8 years ago

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Most interviews nowadays are what are called "behavioral" interviews. Look it up online to learn more. The object is to understand how the applicant would behave in a given situation. The interviewer asks a hypothetical question. The best way to answer a behavioral interview question is by pulling from your own experience (even if you have to make it up). To answer the question effectively, you want to give more than just what you would do. You want to give an example of having done it. So for example, if the interviewer asks, "Are you okay with staying late some evenings?" You don't want to say, "Yes, I like this work, I'm a team player, and I care about the customer/clients needs." That would get you at least two strikes on Interviewee's Got Talent. A better response would be some thing like this: "I don't mind. In fact, I often had to stay late at my previous job/school/etc. One of my customers tried to give me a tip for helping her keep her deadline. But it was enough to help out. And my manager didn't ask very often." For some reason, this type of answer helps the interviewer see how you would behave as an employee, and they respond more positively to it. So, how do you prepare for an interview and reduce anxiety. First, probably everyone gets nervous in job interviews, even normally calm people, and interviewers know that; so don't beat yourself up over it. Second, think about the kinds of questions interviewers ask, and write out your answers ahead of time; study them, internalize them so they are easy to recall. For help on what kinds of questions will be asked, do Google searches. T.
Answered 6 years ago

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