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Dealing with Interview Nerves Adam Sandelson and Laura-Jane SiIverman. 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.

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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

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LSE Student Counselling Service

Interview Nerves

Adam Sandelson

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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!