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bubbles & peanut
I have found a job that would be perfect for me, but I haven't applied for it yet because I'm afraid of interviews!
I have been for about 8 interviews over the last 2 years, and have failed miserably in each one. My mouth goes dry, I begin to stutter and I can't seem to get my point across - I'm nothing like that in everyday situations. :banghead:
Do any mums have some advice to help me overcome my fears?
Thanks so much!
I know how you feel! Interviews are very nerve wrecking aren't they!
Just remember that the interviewers on the other side of the desk are just normal people just like you - they may look serious and senior but underneath their clothes they are just people with everyday problems, work stress, family etc!
I can say this because I've been on both sides - as an extremely nervous interviewee and also been an interviewer.... and we know you are nervous but just try and bring in everyday situations to explain/answer questions - it doesn't have to be job specific related - analogies are good. My worst interview ended up being my best - try to relax (easier said than done!) but meet up with a few friends beforehand to relax! Also be a little prepared... as in do your homework about why you want the job and why you would be the best candidate. When I interview people I often not look at their fantastic credentials - but I look for a person I can work with. After all if I'm supposed to be stuck with this person I want a colleague I can feel comfortable with - so be yourself and that will come through.
A friend of mine once worked where the Vice-Chancellor's office and he said that he went to the toilet and in walked the VC. The VC proceeded to go into a toilet cubicle and then let the biggest ripper of a f@rt imaginable and after that he could never see the VC in the same light - even though they seem important and have high responsibilities they are all just like us! :laughing:
oh... and good luck!!
Hi bubbles & peanut,
Interviews are often dauting, I've had a few despite my age in many different formats, from one on one to a selection panel of five people. It's important as bigglet said to research the position, find out about the company/coporation, and just be yourself. I find it good to have mock interviews with dh or talk to a friend, and get them to ask me questions that might be relevant to the position. It also helps me to figure out if I'm on the right track and thinks I may not have thought of.
I hope this helps, good luck :fingerscrossed: .
Just letting you know that I know how you feel. I was never like this in interviews until I had been out of work for a while after having bub...And I would get to the point to wanting to be sick I was that nervous. And I got alot of encouragement from some wonderful ladies on here......
The only advice I have for you, is relax, think positively about yourself, even tell them you're a bit nervous as you havent had to do this in a while.....
It didnt hurt me, I was nervous as, and told him and got the job anyway.....I think if you hold your head high, stay positive and if you start to stutter, take a deep breathe and start again.
Goodluck, and dont let your fears hold you back.......:fingerscrossed: and :hugs:
Apply! Apply! Apply!
You said it yourself - the job is perfect for you.
My little bit of advice would be to call and speak to the manager/supervisor, who will hopefully be in the interview.
I did this with my last 2 jobs and it really helped. I felt like I already "knew" someone and it was much easier to pick up where we left off.
Everyone gets nervous, I bet even the interviewers do. I think a little bit of nervous energy can be good.
Mums make wonderful employees - just think of your patience and organisational skills.
bubbles & peanut
Thank you everyone for you advice!
I have an interview tomorrow and I'm SO excited!
As much as I want this job, I wont be too worried if I don't get it - the fact that I wont be devistated if I dont get it has made me less nervous.
Thanks again everyone.
WISH ME LUCK! :fingerscrossed:
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