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I need some advice. I have an interview coming up Thursday and I’m having a big case of imposter syndrome. I always struggle with this at work, even with 4 years of experience. And it gives me so much anxiety because I feel like I won’t know what I’m talking about and they’ll think I’m unqualified. Unsure how to fight the feeling because it’s all I can think about before the interview :(

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Try to find something to distract yourself. This happened to me too. I had two interviews each with a different company. For company 1 I practiced day and night and stressed about it and I ended up doing terribly. For company 2, I decided I would just put in an hour or two of interview prep and then bake cookies for fun before my call and I nailed my interview with company 2.

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I’m totally doing right now what you did for interview 1. I feel like I’m practicing way too much and driving myself crazy. I need to schedule it out like you did and still focus on other things so I am not this anxious.

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Hi OP, are you me? :) I’ve been on both sides of the interview table and when I’ve been the interviewer I’ve liked to see a culture fit and a willingness to learn. On the interviewee end, I like to keep a few responses in my pocket like why do you want to join us, what will you bring to the table, what’s your working style etc. so that my confidence shines at least through these. I make myself seem like a nice person to have on the team. I also try a few power poses, lion breath and having water before the interview. No matter what I do, I do end up feeling like things could have gone better, every single time.

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I wish interviewers were more like you - Seeking out great potential and growth seekers but it seems that now people/companies really just care more about whether you come across as already knowing it all.

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Hey op ! Do u want to mock interview with me? Happy to listen to ur spiel and tell u if it sounds manufactured or fake

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If you haven’t listened to Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk on Power Posing, I highly recommend it! I’ve legit been in a bathroom stall posing like Wonder Woman for two minutes before a big meeting and really think it helps! Best of luck!

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Just food for thought...women only seek jobs when they feel they match 8/10 qualifications. Men seek at 4 out of 10 matches. Compare the self Evals of women to men at the same level in consulting - men “walk on water” and women acknowledge every stroke they struggled with or that they could have done better. Focus on what you do well and where you are confident and don’t forget to sing your praises. Just stay on this side of confident vs arrogant and you will do fine!

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