Starting to stress over interview...

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  1. TeachinHicks

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    Anybody have any good tips for relaxing before an interview? I have an interview on Tuesday morning at 9:00...and tomorrow I'm driving down to the town it's in (it's an out of state interview) and I'm having a serious panic attack right now that I'm not going to be ready!!! I also tend to get really nervous before an interview and my voice shakes...it's horrible!!! Thanks in advance for your help!!!
     
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  3. JaimeMarie

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    Have a small drink. Read a good book, long bath, call a good friend that you haven't talked to in a while and chat about anything but the interview.....
     
  4. Aliceacc

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    Play tourist in the town. Walk around and envision yourself living there. Hit the shops, get ice cream, whatever.

    Then hit the hotel pool and relax.

    Go in there on Tuesday and SELL them on the idea that you are the right one for that job!!!!!
     
  5. Kteacher1

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    The best advice is to relax! Be prepared early and give yourself time to relax prior to your interview.
    I know what you mean about being nervous. I was in your place last week! You'll do great though and then it will all be over. :)
     
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    Get up early enough Tuesday morning that you have time to just sit and quietly pray or meditate. Something to center yourself and calm your nerves.
     
  7. FarFromHome

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    Get up early and have time to get ready and go over any notes you have, or things you're bringing with you. Try to get there about 15 minutes early-talking to people in the office might help you calm down and get used to your surroundings, even if it's not the people you're interviewing with. I would suggest bringing a bottle of water with you so if your voice shakes-maybe you could take a drink of water. Bring a book or something to do while you are waiting to go in if it will make you more nervous just sitting there. In the interview just be confident! Take your time to answer if you're not sure, and if you don't know an answer, say "I don't really know, but I'm willing to learn." It helped me!

    I had my interview last Tuesday and I was so nervous when I walked in. What calmed me down is that one of the men interviewing me started talking to me while I was sitting and waiting to go in. We started joking around, and then I was almost completely relaxed when I went in. I'm also in a really small town-but I enjoyed my interview-I didn't think that was possible!
     
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    Get up early so that you can have some time to yourself to de-stress. Get the paper or a good magazine. Head to Starbucks and get yourself some coffee. Enjoy a quiet morning for yourself before you go in for the interview.

    I'm sure you'll do great!
     
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    Work like the dickens to having everything ready to go--your clothes, your overnight supplies, your study notes (if you use them), your portfolio (if you have one), the right shoes (don't ask!)....

    Get everything ready to go and then you CAN actually relax a bit, reviewing questions and answers, looking over info about the district, etc. Then when you get to the appointment, if you are very nervous, just tell yourself, "This time tomorrow I will be...." Don't try to anticipate every little thing that could go wrong. Something might not go well, but PLEASE remember interviewers are looking at the whole package. They honestly are not trying to trip you up. So just be "yourself," and remember all those great qualities you want them to see during your brief time with them! Good luck!
     
  10. Exclaimation Po

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    Ok, since everyone else has addressed the "heavy" stuff... here's my suggestion. Make sure you have an awesome night's sleep. Bring whatever with you that will make you comfortable. I always bring my own pillow and blankets with me when I stay in hotels (I even brought them to Hawaii!). The hotel won't notice, nor will they care. Just make sure that you are comfy and your mind is at ease when you go to sleep. Then follow everyone else's suggestions! :)
     
  11. sasafras1000

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    This is what I think before I go into interviews (I am seriously the hugest worrier). I just think to myself, all I am doing is talking to some people who will most likely be very nice. There are people are out there in Iraq, who are not sure whether they will live or die. There are people going in for life threatening surgery, people on trial for there life, people living through cancer...etc. All I am doing is talking to a person that I am prepared to talk to. Once I put it in perspective I felt better.
     
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    I know people who take anti-anxiety medications when they have to do an interview. They say it helps...and well, they all have jobs now.
     
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    Isn't it crazy that we use "study notes"? I feel like I'm going to take a test everytime I have an interview and need to look over my notes. What kind of crazy profession is this?
     
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    how did your interview go? I think mine went well, but you just never know. GL!
     
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    Well I got home today from my interview :) The ride down was interesting to say the least, my mom's car broke down and we were stuck for 3 hours waiting for my dad to come and give us his car to take, so he could get hers fixed!!! LOL!! Talk about nerve racking! But the interview went really well...it was totally a conversation with her, and she gave me some really good feedback of what my answers were. She has to by law interview at least 3, i'm 1 of the 3 she's interviewing so she said she's going to make her decision as soon as she can and let me know :) I came home to 4 more phone calls for interviews :) who ever said they all come at once was right!!! Thanks all for your helpful hints and tips :)
     
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    Wow, things are looking good!!!

    Congrats on maintaining your composure after the car trouble.

    Now get that thank you out ASAP!
     
  17. TeachinHicks

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    Writing it now to mail out first thing in the morning :)
     

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