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If I have stage fright, how do I execute an interview confidently?

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Rohit’s Answer

Hey Aiyana,

Interviews are 1-on-1 interactions.

Perhaps, you should consider an interview like a conversation between two people. That way one can be more relaxed mentally.

One can prep for the kind of questions that can be asked in the interview and the kind of responses that would come for a question. You can actually have your friend to do mock interviews with you.

More importantly focus on the interviewee and not on the audience so much. Bring them in when you have to bring them say for audience questions.

Hope this answer your question.

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Rohit

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Rebecca’s Answer

Hi Aiyana, stage fright, anxiety, and feelings of nervousness are common when facing an interview or presentation. The best way to prepare and confidently execute an interview is to practice, practice, and practice. Like a professional soccer player they practice taking the shot thousands of times before they actually make the shot in the game. When it comes to flawlessly executing an interview I take these necessary steps to prepare.

1. Look at the company's mission and values. Ask yourself, do the company's mission and values resonate with me. Think about why they resonate with you and write that down. Tell that story to someone else. Repeat this process as many times as necessary in order to memorize and recall the story on command.
2. Review your resume against the job description. Look at the skills you have, and compare them to the skills the job is requesting. Write down the story about how your skills will help you execute the skills required in this job. Then tell that story to someone else. Repeat this process as many times as necessary in order to memorize and recall the story on command.
3. Do a practice run of the entire day. Get dressed up in your interview clothes, execute the routine that you would if you were going to the interview, go through the story with yourself or another person, and then evaluate how are you did. Do a practice run of the entire day. Get dressed up in your interview clothes, execute the routine that you would if you were going to the interview, go through the story with yourself or another person, and then evaluate how are you did so you can improve the practice round before executing the interview.

For more resources check out this link.
https://www.careercontessa.com/advice/second-interview-questions/

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Marisa’s Answer

I had a former boss a long time ago tell me something during a lunch interview when I was so anxious, I actually managed to spill some of my drink on myself. I admitted my nerves to him. He said he always thought it was good when someone was just a little nervous during an interview because it showed that they really wanted it. It actually helped me just be ok with my nerves in those situations. As an interviewer later on, if someone has seemed nervous, I have never let that factor in to a decision and I feel its part of my role to try to put them a bit more at ease if I can.
It helps to focus on 1 small thing at a time. Don't let your mind race, just think about the question they just asked and take a moment and a breath before answering. Sounds simple but when I get nerves I get babbly. Consciously telling myself to take a moment before I answer tends to help calm and keep focus.
The other thing that is helpful is to make sure you prepare by doing research on the company, and if possible, the person you will be interviewing with. Yes, it will help you formulate some questions to bring, but in my opinion, the more prepared I am, the more it calms my nerves.

Good luck!

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Jessica’s Answer

Hi Aiyana,

Think of the interview as not just you being interviewed, but you interviewing the company to see if it's a fit for you. The person looking to hire needs you as much as need them, so it is absolutely a two way street.

Also give yourself a moment to thoughtfully answer each question. It may feel awkward to pause to think, but it will help you to formulate your best reply. When possible, think about funny details or interesting tidbits that can make your answer memorable.

My favorite piece of advice is to ask your interviewer questions. People generally love to talk about themselves, so the more you can get the interviewer talking, the better. Some of my favorites to ask are, how did you get to this position, what has been your favorite part of the job/company, what are you looking to do to make improvements to your team in the next year, can you see me fitting into your team's culture and why (and the list goes on).

Lastly, try to remember a fun fact or commonality with your interviewer and bring that up in your thank you note. It shows you are a good listener and felt connected to the conversation.

Best of luck and keep your head up!
Jessica

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