If you didn’t experience interview jitters before walking into a hiring managers office, there would be something wrong with you. Feeling a bit uncomfortable before being interrogated is natural. Besides, being uptight can result in big benefits.
You need to know what causes interview anxiety before youcan cure it. Why do you become nervous before an interview? The answer is you’re about to do something you don’t want to do. So a moderate amount of discomfort in the form of apprehension is par for the course.
So what are the “big benefits” from feeling uptight? Being uncomfortable will motivate you to do something so you’ll feel more comfortable. If life were to be hassle free, you’d never get what you want or do the things necessary to get ahead. That’s because you would always go with the flow and there would be little incentive to go out and do something when you don’t want to.
One way to encourage yourself to go out and do it is making the effort to expose yourself to what makes you uncomfortable. In the case of your job hunt it could be feeling nervous before an interview, or networking.
When you expose yourself to tasks you’d rather not be doing, those chores will become easier with practice. “It’s possible to overcome the lethargy of your brain by just making yourself do it,” I advise in my book Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. “And the simplest method is to command your muscles to act.”
You can apply my advice today by deciding to expose yourself to a task you’ve been putting off. Command your muscles to accomplish at least part of that task. Then do another piece of the job tomorrow. Soon, your previously dreaded task will become a piece of cake because you’ve eliminated obstacles of accomplishment by doing it.
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