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By Shellbot ·
Ok, job interview on Monday.

Now problem is, i always freeze up in interviews. In my head i know what i am going to say, but when i go to say it, it comes out comepletley different.

And even worse, when asked specific tech questions, i completey blank.

I feel like such an idiot during the interview and beat myself up for it.

Now having said that, i've not exactly wanted for a job lately, someone always seems to think i'm worth it, no matter how much of a simpleton i come across as.

Any ideas on how to relax and not look like i should be wearing a hockey helmet?
And how not to freeze up on tech stuff?

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Good luck and a couple of suggestions

by JamesRL In reply to Job Interview

Obviously you've been employed several times so you can't be all bad in interviews.

One great tip - scout out the place in advance. Know where you will park. Know how long it will take to get there. Scout out a place to grab a coffee before the interview, and plan to be at the coffee place 30 minutes before the interview. Not feeling rushed will help.

You will feel less nervous if you prepare. Its hard to prepare for the tech questions. But you should prepare for the behavioural questions.

Check out this link :http://www.brockport.edu/career/behave.htm

I would try and match up a "story" with a few of the behavioural traits you think they will ask about. Even if they don't use the technique it will help you do a better interview.

Don't rehearse a word for word answer for certain questions. That comes across as nervous.

Do not forget to sell yourself. What do you have to offer that they need.

Get a good nights sleep for a few days prior to the interview.

Don't forget to breathe. Better to pause and collect your thoughts and take a deep breathe than to rush in and have to backtrack because you said something badly.

Dress in something that makes you feel good about yourself.

If you have the chance to practise with a mentor/friend who is a manager, do it - people get better at interviewing through practise.

James

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Shell, I will keep you in my thoughts

by Tig2 In reply to Good luck and a couple of ...

And hope you take Mae, James, and Max's advice- it is all good.

I am terrible in interviews. I understand completely what you are going through. I tell myself it will get easier. I lie.

My favourite interviewing technique is to go into the interview as if I were interviewing the interviewer. I learn as much as I can about the role and the business. I want to know as much as I can about the culture, the business focus, and the specific project goals.

Remember- a great interview with a bad company is not a win. A poor interview with a great company can be.

I tend to start interviews with a statement- "I am really excited to be interviewing with you for this role." Takes some people by surprise but if the statement is true, so what.

Many people forget that the greatest technique is to remember to ASK for the job. Indicate your level of interest. It isn't enough to ask for a timeline to decision. If you want the job, ask for it. Tell your interviewer that you have more than a passing interest.

I tend to answer questions from the standpoint that I already work for the company. Until my last interviewer pointed that out to me, I had no idea that I did that. But in my mind, I have already taken up residence in the job and am answering questions about the work I am doing. Don't ask me about my insanity... but the interviewer that pointed that out to me hired me for the contract BECAUSE he felt a sense that I was committed. Not that I should be...

Tony and James are right- breathe. Sometimes we forget.

I wish you the VERY best of luck. I know that you will be fine.

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Easier Said Than Done

by jdmercha In reply to Job Interview

If you can accept the fact that they need you more than you need them, then you can feel more in control of the situation, and relax.

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Good Luck!!

by cmiller5400 In reply to Job Interview

Good Luck on your interview. In my current position I have interviewed with 5 people. (5 different interviews!!) I have only had 2 jobs in my life, but the first one was working for a supermarket for 4.5 years. The second job I went to 4 different interviews with 4 different people. The company was then bought out and I had to reinterview/reapply for my job because they were decreasing the number of tech posistions. I still have problems freezing up during interviews, but my main issue is saying the word "basicaly".

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Unfreezing

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Job Interview

When they offer you a drink before starting or if they don't, ask them for one. Any lock up moment then you can take a sip and a breath. The key is to take your mind off the anxiety that's afflicting you, count to three and it should have gone.

Remember you are inteviewing them to see if the position they have is suitable, not the other way round. This is done by them asking intelligent questions that you deign to answer from your lofty perch of experience and ability.

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Fake it.

by maecuff In reply to Job Interview

If you DON'T get the job, you'll still have your current job, right? So really, everything will be the same as it is right now. While that might not be want you want, it IS your reality. So, all in all, if you DON'T go to the interview, or DON'T get the job, everything is the same. With that it mind..where is the pressure?

They will be LUCKY to have you. (Tell yourself that a million times before Monday). Talk yourself up. Don't go in with an 'I don't care' attitude, but talk yourself into the 'I don't care' attitude.

Don't make this the most important event in your life. Either you'll get it or you won't. Tuesday will come either way.

Pretend confidence eventually turns into genuine confidence. Trust me on this, I worked very hard to get over being extremely shy by faking it. I don't get nervous on job interviews because I go into a 'play acting' mode and it almost becomes a game. That's not to say that I haven't flubbed an interview, but for the most part, I do pretty good.

Good luck!

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Walking the fine line

by JamesRL In reply to Fake it.

I think you need to show interest. It helps to read up on the company, and have a few questions ready to ask them - what are the biggest challenges the company faces etc.

Asking them questions that allow you to show you did some research, but shows you want to know more is always good. And it puts you in more of a conversation rather than a one way dialogue. As an interviewer, I welcome the chance to have the interviewee take over - it shows me what they are made of, and I can relax and show them I am human too.

I always tried to put myself in the position of knowing that I had something to offer them, and if they didnt want it, no biggee I would find someone who would.

Back in the 80s and 90s I had a great record of getting almost every job I ever interviewed for (with one exception where I was overqualified). Much of that was confidence. I had my confidence shaken after I was laid off, but I think by now, its pretty much back.

Shell, I can tell you'd be a good employee by your attitude. If you know that too, you are much of the way there to getting the job you want.

James

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I agree

by maecuff In reply to Walking the fine line

Externally, you should care very much. Internally? Give yourself a break and know that whatever the outcome, things will still be okay.

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RELAX!!! JUST BLOODY RELAX!!! X-( X-( X-(

by neilb@uk In reply to Job Interview

There. Hope that helps.

Good luck

Neil

Look, I won't tell you again! JUST BLOODY RELAX!!! X-( X-( X-(

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Ask a "mentor" to sit-in FOR you!

by maxwell edison In reply to Job Interview

What! Ask a mentor to do the interview FOR me, you ask? And what "mentor" do you have in mind, you might wonder?

Well, who do you admire and/or would like to emulate in some way? Who do you know -- or know of -- who would handle this situation without any problems? This could be someone you know, or perhaps someone you don't know. It could be someone alive or someone who's no longer alive. When you think of a person who paints your picture of a strong and confident man or woman (whichever you are), who might that be? Well, that's the person you become in the interview. That's the person you become in front of that audience. That's the person you become asking that girl out on a date.

Hillary Clinton, Kathryn Hepburn, Margaret Thatcher, or someone closer to you such as a former teacher, your mother or sister. Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George Clooney, Bill Gates, or, again, someone closer to you.

In your mind, kinda' picture how they might come across or how they might answer a question, and it will be personified within yourself. And it won't at all come-across as though you're trying to be someone you're not, but rather as sharing the same qualities you're trying to emulate.

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