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Dealing with interview nerves adam sandelson and laura jane siiverman

Dealing with Interview Nerves

Adam Sandelson and Laura-Jane SiIverman


Over the next hour

Over the next hour…

What are nerves?

Learning from the past

Preparation – the nerves remedy

Over to Adam!

Difficult questions?

The waiting game

Helpful resources


Interviewphobia

Interviewphobia

  • Your body’s way of dealing with stress

  • Symptom Spectrum:

  • shaky hands

  • teary

  • dry mouth

  • sweating

  • heart thumping

  • feeling faint

  • Key –Adrenalin


Learning from the past

Learning from the Past

  • Dissect the interview (not immediately after!)

  • Seek constructive feedback from HR

  • Remember external factors ie. competition

  • See it as great interview practice

  • If past includes negative exp. in workplace, focus on strengths/transferable skills


Preparation the nerves remedy

Preparation: the nerves remedy

  • Why prepare?

  • Knowledge brings confidence!

  • Reflects your organisational skills

  • Problems exposed before interview


Top tips for preparation 1

Top Tips for Preparation (1)

  • Know yourself

  • What makes you tick at work?

  • What are your strengths/opportunities?

  • How do you like to be managed?

  • What are your future career dreams?

  • Why are you applying?


Top tips for preparation 2

Top Tips for Preparation (2)

  • Know your employer

  • Products & services

  • Organisation Structure & Culture

  • Financial conditions & Competitors

  • What is your function/team/personal role in this?


Top tips for preparation 3

Top Tips for Preparation (3)

Careers service/Role Play/interview stream

Contact Alumni/friends/people who know org.

Predict the tricky questions

Plan journey/try on outfit

Early night ZZZZZZ


Dealing with interview nerves adam sandelson and laura jane siiverman

LSE Student Counselling Service

Interview Nerves

Adam Sandelson


Dealing with interview nerves adam sandelson and laura jane siiverman

Aims

  • Look at confidence building measures

  • Develop positive self talk

  • Overcome physical anxiety

  • Manage underlying feelings


Circle of confidence

CIRCLE OF CONFIDENCE

situation thoughts feelings behaviour

(self-talk) sensations

Negative Circle


Circle of confidence1

CIRCLE OF CONFIDENCE

situation thoughts feelings behaviour

(self-talk) sensations

Positive Circle


Confidence for interviews

Confidence for Interviews

Key Principles:

Sensible planning

Positive Self talk

Role Rehearsal

Relaxation/ Stress Management


Developing positive self talk

Developing Positive Self-Talk:

Where/when am I already confident?

What does that confidence feel like?

How is it different from feeling low?

How did I build that confidence?


How is our message received

How is our message received?


Good practice tips

Good practice tips

Positive self talk e.g. ‘good enough’

Vary vocal style – 3 P’s

Pace

Power

Pause

Pitch

Less is More

Focus on positive listeners


Anxiety management

Anxiety Management

Anxiety = high level of bodily arousal

+

negative self-defeating thoughts

Instead, learn:

1.Physical relaxation

2.Breathing

3.Mini-pause


Interview dynamics

Interview Dynamics


Underlying dynamics

Underlying dynamics

  • Trying to please others

  • Wanting to be the best

  • Being a perfectionist

  • Family /historic context for being successful

  • Setting yourself impossible targets


Lse student counselling service ksw 507

LSE Student Counselling Service – KSW.507

  • Free and confidential

  • Mainly short term counselling

  • Book appointments in advance

  • Urgent appointments (phone early in the day)

  • See Website for

    • Stress management handouts

    • Self help resources on a wide range of student issues (study – related and personal difficulties)

    • Relaxation MP3’s


Difficult questions

Difficult Questions?

Not about right/wrong – the journey and structure

Repeat/clarify/louder/pause – all justified

Show knowledge of subject

Play safe – no controversial/extreme answers/examples


The waiting game the after effect

The Waiting Game – the after-effect

Don’t think about interview!

Try to find out feedback timescales

Send thank you email - don’t call them

Offer acceptance – speak to friends and supervisors

Research salary expectations


Final thoughts

Final thoughts

It’s a two way process

You might be the solution to their problem

You’ve been whittled down to last few

Great practice

Take 2 or 3 things away from today

Any questions?


Additional resources

Additional Resources

Practice interviews with careers advisers

Employer led workshops

Vault and Wetfeet guides to Case Interview

Careers website

Interview Stream - http://lse.interviewstream.com/

http://www.youtube.com/lsecareers


Tea time

Tea-time!

All the best with your interviews!


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