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Any tips on being less anxious/nervous at interviews?

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Do plenty of preparation. You can't anticipate every question but you can have stories/answers that are adaptable. Then go in knowing that you're right for the position, you'll do the best you can, and ultimately it's up to the company to make the right decision. Treat it like a conversation with a human not an interrogation. The interviewer wants someone who can do the job, but also someone who's likeable and relatable. If you're thrown a curveball, answer as confidently as possible.

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Don’t go into an interview after being alone and quiet for a while. Be around people, have conversations, even if it’s not about the industry.

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I read recently that you can try to reframe your pounding heartbeat of nervousness into excitement about sharing what you are about to share when public speaking. In other words, instead of letting nervousness get the better of you, think to yourself, this is just me feeling exhilarated about what I have to say. It’s worked for me once or twice.

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Remember that they are trying to hire you—and that you are there means you have already proven your worth. Build confidence knowing that. Good luck!

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Just try and read your audience. Creative interviews are generally pretty relaxed, they’ve already seen your work and liked it enough to bring you in. It’s mostly a personality check and to see if you’re lying about any of the work you took credit for or how much experience you have. If you’re being honest and genuinely want to work there, nothing to be nervous about. Just have a chat. And also remember you are interviewing them also. You get to choose them too.

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Keep the conversation going for a long time. Ask a lot of questions.

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Practice. Practice. Practice. The questions you’re worried about? Those are the questions you should focus on. Run your answers (out loud) until you feel confident in your responses. Everyone should have a solid answer to the “tell me about yourself” question. Have work anecdotes ready to go to explain your experience. Remember, 9 times out of 10 an interviewer isn’t trying to trip you up, they’re trying to sift through what you bring to the table.

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The best way to not be nervous in an interview is to take opportunities to be the interviewer. Worked for me. Just reminds you that everyone is a person. Its not as big a deal as you think it is. People are probably worrying about what to ask you next more than they are listening to you. It's just a conversation. Good luck!

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That's very true.

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Read. Know what's happening, what you can bring to the team, what they're doing that you can fix. Breathe and meditate. 🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️

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Take the mindset that you’re interviewing them. It’s true. You are. You can do it.

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Thank you everyone! I just get really worried about not being the person they want me to be. Thinking too much! (I just really want the job haha)

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Tell yourself you’re excited nervous, not insecure nervous.

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Fellow anxious person, I write out a bunch of potential answers (& stories) that work for multiple questions. Then practice at home. It keeps me calm to know I have an artillery of responses ready.

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Betablockers?

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Meditate before the interview and after

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Approach your prep like you would a creative brief. Figure out your ‘brand’, bring it to life through compelling examples, stay on message. You have a great story that’s bigger than the work on your site - find it, sharpen it, get them to buy into it.

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