The Importance Of Interview Paralysis

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A comment on some less obvious issues relating to jobs and career change activity.

Interview Paralysis? Preparation is your Protection

You walk into the interview are greeted by two, four or maybe six beady eyes staring at you. Your mouth goes dry, you feel heat coming up your neck into your cheeks, and you know they are going red, you feel cold perspiration on your forehead, and in answer to a greeting you squeak or make a strange noise that sound vaguely like ‘good morning’. It’s happens to the best of us and if it’s happened to you be assured you are not alone.

With the exception of a very young person at entry level facing their first interview this kind of situation should never happen if you are fully prepared. Preparation means
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Most people think they know their career, but really do not. Not sufficiently for interview purposes where you must have instant and total recall of every situation or event you display on your C.V.

An example of what I mean by instant and total is just supposing you met an old school friend who you hadn’t see in twenty years. In conversation, supposing they said, ‘I was only thinking of you last week, do you remember the time we skipped college and went off to the movies instead and were then caught sneaking back’.
Your immediate response might be a long delay, a blank stare and then very slowly you it starts to come back to you. You might say, ‘yes, I forgot all about that’, and with some further thought add, ‘yes we went to see Bravehart and then something to eat afterwards. If you hadn’t made so much noise the Dean wouldn’t have heard us sneaking back and got detention.

Now what’s that got to do with knowing your career history, you ask?

Just this: Imagine and just by co-incidence the very next day you met another old college pal who said the very same thing to you. You would reply instantly and rattled off all the other details as above, without a seconds thought and in all good

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