Interview phobia

We all have various fears from time to time in our lives (heights, spiders, sharks, strange places, clowns) so it’s to be expected that some of us will fear the job interview.

If you feel anxious about interviewing for a new job, either in-person or over the phone, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from various types of social anxiety disorders that can affect their willingness to be interviewed.  Don’t be discouraged and don’t stay in a job that doesn’t support your goals just because of fear.

Many fears can be overcome simply by self-determination and logical thought training.  Interviewing is a skill that can be learned and developed over time.  Many of us are uncomfortable in an interview setting but there are many things one can do to mitigate and overome the uncomfortableness (if that’s a word).

Here are some things to try as you go about conquering your fear of interviewing:

  • Take stock of your life to date and recount all the exciting and uplifting things you have accomplished; both personally and professionally.
  • Think back to a time when you were truly appreciated at work and use that as an encouragement for future growth and advancement.
  • Think of the job interview as an opportunity to meet new and interesting people who really want to get to know you too.
  • Update your resume and include all your recent accomplishments; to include recent training and education, volunteer work, awards and new skills you’ve developed.
  • Meet with a friend and discuss your future goals and dreams.
  • Seek out a mentor at work, church, in your family, or a friend that will encourage you and help you overcome your reluctance to seek that new job.
  • Envision your next job or position and experience how that will make you feel.
  • Practice-practice-practice your interviewing skills with a friend or mentor and get comfortable in that setting.

Many employers today are desperate to find new qualified and motivated employees.  The labor market is really tight right now and your chances for selection for that dream job haven’t been better in years.  In other words, the job candidate is in a very good position to land that next job and move up the career ladder.

So…………what are you waiting for?  Your next great job is out there and all you have to do is GO FOR IT!

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After serving for 27 years in the US Navy and another 20 years in the defense industry I am excited to share my experience in the areas of career and interview coaching with fellow veterans and others joining, or rejoining, the job market.

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