My Anxious Thoughts Before An Interview!

Hello everyone!

I had my first job interview in what feels like years today. I won’t say where but it is a well known company in London.

I am usually very good in an interview setting, although inside I am falling apart until the last minute.

I got to my interview 45 minutes early which is good, but that also meant there’s more time to panic. I have been known to panic so much to the point I turn around and don’t even go to the interview. I build it up to be the most terrifying thing ever. Which in a way, it is.

A lot of my anxiety stems from an intense fear of embarrassing myself or being judged. The issue with interviews is, that’s the point, to be judged.

It was a group interview which makes it even worse.

I decided to use my spare time to write some thoughts down. Some are a bit like poems, others are just quotes.

The main one I wrote again and again was:

It’s okay to be afraid as long as you try.

So that’s what I did. I tried my best and that’s all I could do.

I thought I would share some more of my thoughts here as I found it so helpful to get them out on paper right before taking a deep breath and being the best version of myself possible.


We are all in the same boat

But what if this boat sinks?

Don’t fret it will stay afloat

But what if the winds take us away?

Don’t fret everything will be okay


Familiarity

Differences

Same

Opposite

Breathe

Choke

Can

Can’t

You must

I will


It’s okay to be afraid

It’s okay to want to run

But it’s not okay to give up

You must try your best

It’s all you can do.


People rushing past me

I wonder where they’ve been

Or where they’re going

Their faces a vision of focus

Their eyes glued straight ahead

I steal a look once or twice

But we quickly divert our gaze

We have all been places

We are all going places

But where?

You Sir, are you okay?

Excuse me miss would you like a hand?

I would like very much to understand

How we all live alone in our minds

But we’re never really alone

Everywhere you look there’s people

Happy, sad, depressed or other

Why cant we all be kinder to eachother?

Instead people rush past me

And I can’t help wondering

Who they are


So there’s a little insight into the mind of an introverted anxious interviewee.

Hope you enjoyed!

Signed,

Jen X

10 thoughts on “My Anxious Thoughts Before An Interview!

  1. I love this! My anxiety tries to get the best of me when I’m going to an interview too. I haven’t thought to write things down though and I think that’s a great idea. I hope you did good in your interview!

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    • Honestly same it is so difficult when your anxiety is telling you to run away and hide but you really dont want to.
      It’s an entire internal battle.
      I would suggest writing it all out. It’s like purging the negativity out of you soul!
      Thank you!

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  2. Hey Jen, nice post. I usually do well in interviews thanks to this advice I received once:. “Prepare as if it the last job on the Earth. But once there, Remember it is not the last job on Earth.”

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    • That is amazing advice! When I’m in there I’m fine, on the surface that is. Next time I’m in a similar situation I will try to keep that it mind.

      Like

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