Pre-interview jitters: how to resolve

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  1. mmadha

    mmadha Senior member

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    You can use a beta blocker that suppresses the fight or flight response.
     


  2. AntiHero84

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    As much as I try not to, I always get nervous before interviews. Wouldn't be a big problem except for the fact that I often display it outwardly: flushed face, sweat on the brow.

    Is there anything I should do beforehand to calm the nerves? I've never meditated, but I wonder if I should try.

    If I had Valium, that would be an option. [​IMG]


    I get an incredibly flushed face too. It's the Irish...

    My suggestion is to prepare as much as possible. I'm sure you've done this, but I find that the more I visualize the interview mentally, the less nervous I am. Look up some practice interview questions and write out answers. Look over your resume and develop a way to discuss each previous position vocally. Think about every moment of the day leading to the interview, the interview questions, and visualize everything going perfectly. Make sure to take note of everything you will need to make it go smoothly.

    Last, but not least, get to the interview an hour early. Wait in your car, find a coffee shop across the street, or hang out someplace out of the way. Go over your notes, look over your resume, and try to RELAX.

    There's no way to completely dissolve the pre-interview jitters, but from what I've learned, preparation is key.
     


  3. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    My interviewers get "pre-interview jitters" before I show up.[/DT]

    I don't go overboard with preparing, but I do make sure that I go over some of the normal questions that are asked at interviews and read up about the company and any recent news involving it. I make sure to go through my related experiences to have them fresh and ready to reference, keep a couple questions for the interviewer in mind, get a lot of sleep, only 1 cup of coffee with a light breakfast, iron my shirt and shine my shoes.

    I also make sure to bring 2 pens (in case the interviewer needs one, it has happened several times), a notepad, multiple copies of my resume, and put my phone on silent.

    It reallly is just a dialogue between you and the company's representative (interviewer). They want to make sure you're not some anti-social closeted math wiz and that you'll get along with whatever teammates you'd prospectively be working with. Just breathe regularly, talk clearly with a good pacing (most people tend to rush through what they try to say in interviews), and smile.

    All that said, I don't really get too jittery when I do the above. I may feel my heartrate increase slightly and get warmer than usual, but controlled breathing and a trip to the men's room to take a leak and wash my face does the trick.

    Good idea on arriving early antihero. I arrived at an interview 45 minutes early one time and it took almost 30 minutes to get through the security as the building was ridiculously sensitive and then another 10 to get up to the offices.
     


  4. ken

    ken Banned by Request

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    presenting yourself as more of an equal in your own head will calm your nerves a lot.

    What he said. The interviewer is no better than you. He's just been at it longer.
     


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    Tell the guy you're a bit nervous when you walk in. He'll take it a bit easier on you and since he knows, it will prevent you from trying to hide the fact that you're nervous. You'll be able to focus on what he's asking.
     


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    You can use a beta blocker that suppresses the fight or flight response.

    +1. And doctors are pretty okay at prescribing for these types of situations.
     


  8. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Got there about 40 minutes early. I felt very confident going in, which is unusual for me. But I think I nailed it.
     


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    This is good news for SF. Assuming you get the public sector job, you'll have all this time that you won't spend working and you can poast here instead.
     


  10. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    This is good news for SF. Assuming you get the public sector job, you'll have all this time that you won't spend working and you can poast here instead.
    My friend who would become my co-worker if I get this gig said he spent today reading a book. [​IMG]
     


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    As much as I try not to, I always get nervous before interviews. Wouldn't be a big problem except for the fact that I often display it outwardly: flushed face, sweat on the brow.

    Is there anything I should do beforehand to calm the nerves? I've never meditated, but I wonder if I should try.

    If I had Valium, that would be an option. [​IMG]


    It's normal. Focus on your main strengths/talking points and you will be fine.
     


  12. StephenHero

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    My friend who would become my co-worker if I get this gig said he spent today reading a book. [​IMG]

    Let me guess. Another liberal that doesn't "get" the Tea Party.
     


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    Got there about 40 minutes early. I felt very confident going in, which is unusual for me. But I think I nailed it.

    Congrats and hope you hear from them soon. But, you have to tell us what methods you used out of all the suggestions to calm your nerves! Let's bring this thread full-circle.
     


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    Arrive early and spank it in the bathroom. Should calm the nerves.

    This should have been the first and only reply to this rookie question.
     


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    Did you go OCBD and understated repp tie?
     


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