If you have been in a job interview as the “interviewee,” then you probably, at one time or another, experienced “The Freeze.” You remember, maybe there was a time you walked into an interview and realized that you were going to be speaking to several interviewers at once (versus just one) and you were tongue-tied before the interview even started. And the intimidation factor continued throughout the interview, causing you to stumble, bumble, and mumble during the agonizing ordeal. Or perhaps there was a time you were asked a question or questions that you had absolutely no idea how to answer. Unbeknownst to you, you started doing your best impression of a deer in headlights, and the interview went downhill from there. Most of us have been there, and our memories of those experiences run deep. Several of us carry interview scars, which if not worked through, make the interview experience more stressful and anxiety provoking than it needs to be.
How do you get beyond “The Freeze” and the painful process that interviewing can be? I have two answers to that question – Preparation and Practice. You are going to need to anticipate possible interview scenarios in which you may find yourself and questions that you may be asked. And then you will need to practice how you will handle those anticipated scenarios and questions that will be thrown at you.
Preparation and practice may sound easy and something you can do on your own, and you might be right. However, it is very difficult to gain broad perspective when it is just you, going it alone, preparing and practicing. You may want to consider hiring an interview coach, and I can help you with that if you would like to explore the possibility.
Looking for a new job is an investment in yourself. So is getting interview coaching, which will provide you with the expertise you need to help you showcase your skills, abilities, knowledge, energy, heart, and soul to future employers. Please contact me to learn more about receiving interview help.