I feel like when it comes to interviews I get so anxious and black out irrespective of how well I’m prepared. Any pro tips?
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- Deloitte career777I was in that position maybe 3 months and felt like there was no end in sight. I find a few methods to help myself and I hope you find yours too. Here are some tips
1) try to figure out where this anxiety is coming from ? For me it was fear of sounding dumb and fear if staying in my job. I tried to write down these fears and their worst case best case. This helped me me be fully transparent with myself about these fears. Speak to a loved one if you can.
2) practice - everyone says practice a lot but how ?
For me I practiced with my husband on my behaviorala. Instead of finding a story for every situation . I collected 5-6 stories in total and practiced them hard. Writing answers down on a notebook helped me as well - why company , why you for the role ( wrote this down and practiced) also while saying it don’t make it too rehearsed. Have major bullet points that you can refer to mentally
2) I studied hard about the industry and the company I was interviewing. Dedicate a notebook to write concepts down as you are reading. Read about their quarterly report, refer to certain magazines - for tech I recommend recode, wired, Qz, TechCrunch, medium. Follow twitter accounts of the ceo, of people who are well regarded in the industry
3) figure out as much as you can about the format of the interview and the people you are interviewing with from the recruiter. For every round I used to ask the recruiter what the format was - if it’s a case I would ask are there any topics that are in focus . Try to figure out through LinkedIn who your teammates are- search titles, contact people who either worked in the position for that company or are doing similar roles in other companies.
Right now you might feel like there is no way you can get through this anxiety but trust me there is a way. It just requires time and effort!
- Microsoft sjfmeuAccept that you are going to be little nervous. It is normal to be nervous. Not accepting the fact, that you are getting nervous sometimes makes you more nervous. Trust me, everyone competing against you is more or less nervous. To reduce my anxiety, I practice "to stay in the moment" everytime and not just during interview. While driving focus on driving only, while eating focus on eating, while working just focus at work. "To stay in the moment" is a habit which takes time to develop but once it is developed it helps to reduce anxiety a lot. Also do some meditation on a regular basis for a few minutes, breathing exercises helps your calm down a lot. In addition to that practice hard, knowledge makes you confident and helps with reducing anxiety. Good luck!
- eBay / Eng mDBW53moreOdds are very high that you will fail your interview and never see these people again. And in most cases they won’t remember you if you do. So there is really nothing to worry about. Just don’t mess up and be exceptional because then they will.
The people you should be anxious around are your current coworkers since they know who you are and see you every day. Do something wrong around them and they’ll remember.