Interview Anxiety - Take This Interview Performance Stress Assessment.
If you interview, you will experience
interview anxiety. It's a given for any human being. To conquer
this performance anxiety, you need to know what causes your interview
nerves, what the symptoms are and how to control the performance
stress. Take a 75-item self-assessment on the symptoms of stage
fright as applied to interview stress. Discover a master mind tools
plan to beat interview stress and you'll rise to the occasion to
reach your full performance potential.
Conquering Interview Anxiety
Take This Interview Performance Stress Assessment
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
Even thinking about your upcoming interview has
you on edge.
Practicing for it stresses you out.
Getting dressed and ready to go for it makes you want to go back
In actually beginning the interview, you want to look for a place
You have a bad case of interview anxiety.
You know what this stress is all about. It whacks you right upside
And you know what bad things it can do to your chances of having
a successful interview. Tons of bad things.
The Stress Of Interviewing
What do you call this anxiety? It's been referred
to in many ways, and has many variations and degrees of severity.
Here are some of the more common names:
- Performance anxiety
- Acting panic
- Interview anxiety
- Interview panic
- Nervous apprehension
- Speaking anxiety
- Actor's nerves
- Show and tell stress
- Fear of performing
- Social inhibition
- Social anxiety
The Facts About Interview Stress
It's reassuring and powerful to realize these
essential truths about what scares you. The first step to getting
this fear response under your control is to demystify it.
- Interview stress is normal. If you're human, you're going to
- Interview stress hits most people, even experienced performers.
- You will never completely conquer interview stress, yet you
can manage it.
- The more mind tools you have to beat interview stress, the
better you will perform.
- People interview fine all the time--even though they are suffering
from interview stress during the actual interview.
- Beating interview stress is not about being perfect or about
being fear-free. It's about adjusting and managing your anxiety
and using it to fuel your performances.
What Causes Interview Stress?
People rarely get interview stress hanging out
with their friends. There's no hostile audience there and no consequences
if you "mess up". Add a combative, evaluative interrogator and some
importance to the situation and you have the potential for a nice
case of interview stress.
So why does it happen?
- Your body's chemistry kicks in to get you ready to perform.
- You may inaccurately misinterpret those feelings that you are
- You mistakenly believe nerves to be "bad".
- You then worry that this is proof that you are about to fail
and embarrass yourself.
- You then worry about worrying.
- The negative cycle continues.
- You selectively choose further nervousness as proof that you
are panicking and about to fail.
- All these symptoms combine to ignite a full-blown attack of
Bingo. You have a bad case of interview stress.
The Symptoms Of Interview Stress
Here are 75 symptoms of interview stress that
people I've coached have described to me. You may want to use this
as a self-assessment and rate yourself to see specifically how interview
stress affects you.
- Shaking legs
- Wobbly knees
- Racing thoughts
- Irrational thoughts
- Feeling nauseous
- Pounding heart
- Shortness of breath
- Sweaty palms
- Tingling sensations
- Racing heartbeat
- Heartbeat may seem louder
- Poor motor control
- Trembling hands
- Can't catch breath
- Thinking something bad is going to happen
- Feeling you will die
- General anxiety, with no anchor
- Disconnection with self
- Numbness in body
- Muscle tension
- Avoidance behaviors
- Negative thinking
- Fearful imagery
- Eating too much
- Inability to eat
- Avoidance of people
- Inability to control thoughts
- Inability to control images
- Breath very high in chest
- Voice may crack
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sudden tiredness
- Emotional flatness
- Fear the anxiety will spiral out of control
- Breathing difficulty
- Memory loss
- Sensory deprivation
- Cold palms
- Sweaty palms
- Voice may constrict and pitch may increase
- Dry throat
- Negative thoughts
- Stiff movements
- Poor coordination
- Stumbling and bumbling
- Heavy legs
- Frozen movements
- Stiff neck and shoulder
- Impaired vision and hearing
- Impaired sense of timing
- Butterflies/queasiness in stomach
- Cold feet
- Shaking voice
- Obsessive thoughts
- Poor balance
- Distorted sense of elapsed time
- Tunnel vision
- Panic attack
- Spinning sensations
- Sudden heat in body
- Uncomfortable feelings
- Feeling cold for no reason
Conquering Stage Fright
You want to create a mental training system that
gives you powers of self-regulation under extreme stress. You should
have these mind game skills:
- Learn a relaxation system.
- Master a self-discipline system.
- Devise a pre-program psych-up system.
- Learn how to adjust mentally in your performance.
- Set your attitude so you place less pressure on yourself.
- Discover approaches that will get you into the zone.
- Develop an in-performance mistake-management system.
- Learn how to stay positive under pressure.
- Find ways to enjoy yourself when you perform.
- Use performing as a way to discover yourself.
- Devise ways to connect with your audience.
- Learn to rise above stress control to inspire yourself.
- Create the conditions to perform to your potential
Your Next Steps In Controlling Interview Stress
- Find a coach who is an expert in this area.
- Make sure there is chemistry with you and the coach.
- Take the 75 item self-assessment test above to be aware of
- Begin keeping an interview stress performance journal.
- Continue performing to learn about performance psychology and
- Become a student of peak performance psychology.
Finally, don't give up. The only people who fail
to conquer interview stress are those who quit interviewing. Even
the most severe cases of interview stress can be helped. Hang in
there. There is hope.
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