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Sunday, November 06, 2005


Job Interview Stage Fright.

Job interviews are frequently emotionally taxing, especially if you've been out of work for a prolonged period and the pressure to find a position is weighing heavily on your nerves.

Relieve the tension by being as prepared as possible. Practice interview questions with family, friends, or a tape recorder. Learn as much about the company as you can so you can focus on the employer's needs and problems and how you might address them. Focus on the employer takes the focus off you and will help you to relax.

Use the old tricks of professional speakers to put yourself at ease: move when you can, slow down your speech patterns, and, if you can, write something down occasionally. Avoid taking something to calm you down before going into the interview - it will make you sluggish and flat.

The natural anxiety that such a formal and judgmental atmosphere triggers is what will keep you alert, in focus, and able to project enthusiasm, the quality employers desperately seek.

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