How to stay calm during interviews?

Dec 5, 2019 38 Comments

So I've immigrated to Canada last year. I've been applying to jobs. My resume is good(6 years of experience) and I've got a lot of calls but since I was jobless for almost a year I think something changed in me.
I used to be so calm but now while interviewing even in phone interviews my heart races so hard and I feel something like a tennis ball in my throat,so I can't even talk and If I force myself to talk, my voice breaks down.
It's a horrible situation and I don't know what to do.
I need to be able to talk to get a job.It's like my body is defeating me.
Is there some kind of pill that I can take to be more calm, while interviewing.

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TOP 38 Comments
  • Amazon gg898
    I always do the best when I don’t care about the interview result.
    Dec 5, 2019 1
    • NVIDIA notme18
      I agree. If I already have. decent and secure job... I have nothing to lose and can stay calm and confident.
      Dec 13, 2019
  • Confidence comes from
    - your level of preparation
    - the practise you have had

    I believe you should prepare well and at the same time do mock interviews on pramp etc. until you get comfortable
    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • New udde
    I feel your pain. Take it easy buddy!
    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • Intel qmmm66
    Treat it like a work meeting with a peer in your previous job. You would have had heated arguments, have had to convince some troublesome peers back then. Imagine the same - the person interviewing is no better than you, just another peer seeking answers during a work meeting.
    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • Tanium jjQb54
    I believe that we’re all at our best when we’re being selfless.

    Try focusing on how you can help that company (and even that person) in the same way you’d help a former colleague with any of their challenges, or how you would help a volunteer organization.

    Your experience shows you’ve been great at helping.

    Don’t focus on getting them to like you or what’s at risk if you don’t get the job.

    Trust that, if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and help, that the right job for your skills will come.

    And if you don’t know something, just share you don’t and how you’d go find out. Our industry changes so rapidly we’re almost getting to the point where willingness, drive, and collaboration are more important than long term experience.

    Finally be curious! You’re interviewing them as much as they are you. You want to be part of a great team. Ask what they like, why they chose to work there, what has worked and hasn’t...and what they need for their team.

    It’s hard to do, but the right frame of mind can get you over the hump.

    Hope this or I has been helpful in some way to you in some way as well!
    Dec 5, 2019 2
    • Reliable Software Sugoidesu
      Wow well said. I will be selfless from now on and the first step to achieve that is to be selfless and give you a like 😊
      Dec 5, 2019
    • Intel djrk
      This is too deep.. don't get lost in this
      Dec 12, 2019
  • Xilinx -life-
    Keep giving, let it fail. Eventually you will get used to it for the better.
    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • Hitachi Vantara bro HV
    Phone interviews are THE WORST, ugh

    It’s hard because you can’t see the other person, so you miss out on facial cues.

    Try practicing phone interviews with someone. Optimally, do the call while sitting in the dark, in a quiet place. That way you’ll automatically be more attuned to things like tone and inflection in the other person’s voice.

    Practice injecting a friendly and helpful tone into your voice. Listen for the other person to start mirroring your friendly tone.

    Once they do mirror your friendly tone, you are good to go! The interviewer feels GOOD talking with you. They will remember that they felt good talking to you.
    Dec 6, 2019 2
    • Intel Feetcode
      That's some deep shit.
      Dec 7, 2019
    • Hitachi Vantara bro HV
      Eh, it works .... especially if you are socially anxious. I HATE phone conversations and this method helped me not be a total spaz on phone interviews.
      Dec 8, 2019
  • Sabre Mr_UnkNO
    I was scared about interviews. Then I came across a post which I read. The gist of the post was “The company is already interested in your profile and that is why they are interviewing you. They are not here to reject you but to make sure you can work with them. So just take the interview as a peer programming or like working with your colleague”. That post helped me out to overcome my nervousness and gave me lot of confidence. Will try to find that post for you if I can. All the best.
    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • Western Digital aNpL03
    It can happen to anyone. It has got nothing to do with your abilities.
    It's easy to get caught up in a cycle of thoughts and get anxious. And I can completely relate to you.
    Following are some of my suggestions that I use each time I face an interview or a similar situation that sends my heart hip hopping:
    1. Get your mind into a logical state. When you think of something going wrong, try to think of how you'll tackle it if it does go wrong and what options you'll have. Anxiety is just body's defense mechanism that makes everything look worse than it is.
    It's not that bad.

    2. Focus on the outside (not inside). When you're anxious you're only going to continue over and over thinking about yourself, "what's wrong with me?", "what if I fail?" and more. Reading through some news, so that you can direct your attention outward before the interview or focusing more on the questions and the people who are interviewing you might be helpful too.

    3. Another thing that has helped me is seeing a therapist. Now you may not have an anxiety disorder but that does not mean you can't seek out help or learn coping mechanisms. Trust me it can make a lot of difference.
    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • Mary Jane
    Dec 7, 2019 1
    • Intel Feetcode
      I proposed but she declined 😢
      Dec 13, 2019

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