When you’re feeling nervous before an interview

When I ask my job finding cients what their major concern is about interviewing, many talk about how anxious they are beforehand.

I explain that feeling a bit uncomfortable before being interrogated is natural. Where is it written that you must not feel a bit nervous before an interview? Being uptight can result in big benefits.

Have you ever ask why you experience anticipatory stress? The answer is that you’re about to do something you don’t want to do. So a moderate amount of discomfort in the form of apprehension before interviewing 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 venture out of the box to go out and do something when you don’t want to.

A difficult task gets easier with practice. So practice the technique of self-exposure as often as possible. That means to do the thing you’re resisting—like going on interviews—while enduring the discomfort. As stated above, being uncomfortable about doing something will motivate you to do it and get it over with so you’ll feel more comfortable.  Difficult tasks get easier with practice.

However, one thing you can’t practice for is when you lose a job. Downsizings and off-shoring are beyond your control. But if you suspect your company plans “a reduction in head count” as corporate America loves to call it, you should read this related article—”What to Do After Getting a Pink Slip”—on this site.

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 Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.