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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


LSE Student Counselling Service

Interview Nerves

Adam Sandelson


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?



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



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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