I desperately want to switch jobs but every time I sit down to prep or network, I have an anxiety attack or I distract myself with my phone or the television. I have pushed out some interviews so many times that I don't know if the companies will agree to one more change. Anyone have any recommendations for how they worked through their anxiety when prepping for interviews?

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I was in a similar position not too long ago where I liked the folks I was working with but disliked my role. The result was a need to get out of the company but lack of urgency in action due to the sheer amount of anxiety. One day, I picked the company I did not want to go to, and did horribly in that interview. I notes down what went well and what didn’t. Did that again and again to a point where I was not anxious anymore. I nailed the final interview and landed an awesome job!!

The way I talked myself into doing this is something what actors do. They say that the rehearsal (failed interviews in my case) is the work, the performance (the company I wanted) is the relaxation.

If you want to chat through the process. If an imbecile like me can do it, I am sure you can too OP!!

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C1 I can related to this. I went through a recruiting phase earlier this year and I was pretty disheartened. Workwise I am in the exact situation that you described. I will definitely DM you. Thanks!

same here, I feel you

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What are you anxious about? I think that’s a good starting point to self reflect? If it’s about not getting the job in the end, you know interview is a number game and you can get rejected because of so many reasons that are out of your control ( and trust me that’s true, some interviews are set up to meet the minimum number and they’ve already had preferred candidate). If it’s you being afraid of giving the wrong answer, then you can list down things in bullet points or even come up with good answers and memorize it. But the starting point is to know why you feel anxious in the first place :)

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if you need any help just DM me :)

DM me. We will work through it. Don’t be your own enemy.

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Thanks A1. I will DM you

Words of affirmation. “I am that bitch. I. Am. That. Bitch.” The worst that will ever happen is you have an awkward conversation/get rejected. Who cares? You’ll move on and maybe improve for the next interview :)

Haha. Thanks!

This was me the last month. I pushed out a few but I wasn’t really interested to begin with. I didn’t really have anxiety, just malaise and apathy. I picked a few I was interested in and committed to those. With the job market the way it is, I didn’t bother to network. I just perfected my resume for the kind of job I wanted and spammed LinkedIn job postings.

You might be so burned out from work that applying feels like an extra job. Maybe take some PTO?

Not burnt out. My social life is going well. So that keeps things in check. Just really checked out with work and as I mentioned Everytime I think about doing something, I distract myself with something else.

You’re not ready or motivated enough just yet. When you are, you will do the needful.

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