How Do I Overcome My Fear of Interviewing? |

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Fear of interviewing is a common problem for people. Arguing with the fear won’t work but there are different things you can do that will work. Here, I discuss a few things you can do to to overcome your fear.

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The question for today is, "How do I overcome my fear of interviewing?"

I want to start by saying that arguing with your fear and tell you that it is wrong, crazy… It doesn't work. You can't argue with it.

Generally, what you are going through is fear of the unknown. Fear of what is going to happen and being unprepared for it. Generally that's what this kind of fear, this fear of interviewing, is really all about. You just don't know what could happen, and are afraid of what's going to happen, or worse, afraid of the consequences of failure to perform.

The best way to overcome your fear is by preparing to perform. What you are doing is learning how to interview well. How do you interview well? There are many different ways. The way I'm recommending is my site,, is a great vehicle to learn as you interview because there are tons of questions are asked that you can practice answering.

You see the question 1st. Answer it for yourself. Listen to how I teach you how to do it. Practice it again. And again. And again. And again.

Part of what I teach is also the theater of interviewing. is one way for basic questions, brainteasers, and a whole host of other questions that you might be asked.

You can also work with a friend, someone who is in your field, give them a series of questions or tell him the kind of job that you're interviewing for an Aston to interview you. Have them critique how they see you. Have them give you feedback. Go over it again and again and again until you become more masterful.

I want to be clear. I said more masterful. I didn't say perfect. Perfection takes time and with an interview, the 1st timer to you may go on a real interview, you may not be perfect at it. After all, practice DOES make perfect. You are going to need practice.

Again, the best way, the very best way to overcome your fear is by practicing questions and answers with people so that, in this way, when it comes to those magic moments, you are well prepared.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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