Going from a secure job for nine years, to no job and being thrown into the unknown is pretty scary. As a family, we could survive financially a little while on the money we had, but the reality was I would soon need a job.
Job interviews and other high-pressure situations haven’t gone well for me in the past. I panic and I’m usually unable to control my nerves. Therefore I dread situations like this. I start imagining someone will just ring and say, ‘hey, no need for an interview, just take the job‘. I think it’s my brain pretending it’s all hunky-dory.
In the post, I want to address the realities of how harsh the interview process can be on applicants. And the emotional toll this can take.
Interview nerves are a common thing. Any level of anxiety can be a good thing and the mechanism is there to protect us. However, for me, it got out of control on many occasions in the past. This resulted in me sabotaging opportunities or simply not going for what I wanted in life, due to a lack of confidence.
I must admit, conducting my recent interview via Teams took away a lot of the stress I usually feel. Being in my own home, separated by a video call and as such, I felt less pressure. I also took some Kalms prior to the interview and read through my affirmations, in order to prepare.
If you’re currently in a similar position to me, The Guardian has some useful tips for beating interview nerves.
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I hope all employers now recognise they will get the best out of people if they allow them to be comfortable. When you have a healthy level of anxiety or nerves, it allows your personality to shine through more. And it’s exactly what happened in my recent interview because this was the feedback I was given.
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A different experience this time
Because I am now in a different place mentally, I reacted to this high-pressure situation differently.
Strangely, on this occasion, it was the best interview I’ve ever had. Don’t get me wrong, I was nervous as hell, and questioning myself right up to the morning. I printed out loads of prep and spent time learning what I would say. None of the internal anxiety I feel will ever go away. I overthink and prepare to give myself the best shot in the situation.
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A career move I’ve wanted to make for a while
I was applying for a role in the charity sector. Therefore I felt comfortable finally speaking my truth. I was honest about my recent struggles and it felt great to finally be interviewed by, and have the prospect of working with, lovely, caring people.
There was nothing wrong with any of the people I previously worked with. They were just brainwashed by office culture and poor management. Essentially, I worked for a company whose practices were behind the times, with an inadequate management team.
I feel like this role will be different. And it feels great to finally be in a good place with my career.
What comes next
It was great to update you on my current situation and how I overcame interview nerves to make the career change I’ve wanted for a while.
Later in the series, I will be discussing practical tips for interviews. The reality is the job hunting process changed a lot in nine years and I had to do my research. I will be sharing this research with you, to help anyone in a similar position.