Avoid Job Interview Brain Freeze
Four strategies show you how.
August 20, 2009
Have you ever experienced brain freeze during a job interview? You are asked a question and your mind goes blank — it's horrifying. You lose composure as well as confidence. Your interview goes down hill from there. Interview anxiety most often happens as a result of behavioral or situational interview questions that are not anticipated before hand. As a career coach, this is the most common interview problem I hear about from my clients. With the right preparation accounting and finance executives can avoid the nightmare of brain freeze and improve their interview performance greatly.
Behavioral and Situational Interviews
First of all, it's important to understand what a behavioral or situational interview question is. It is any question that starts with:
Employers ask these questions with the assumption that past behavior indicates future performance. These questions reveal a lot about you, including your ability to think fast on your feet. Given that interviews are inherently stressful, many job seekers find it extremely difficult to think fast during interviews.
Four Strategies to Avoid Brain Freeze
Here are four steps that will help you prepare for any interview question:
Write out your answers to these questions. Remember to include the quantitative details when appropriate. Include dollars saved, hours cut, percentage increased etc.
With interview performance more important than ever before it pays to prepare, prepare, prepare. There is no such thing as over preparation when it comes to interviews. Use this 1-2-3-4 approach to interview preparation and you'll be surprised at how much more confident you'll feel in your next interview. The better you interview the faster you'll land that new job.
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Deborah Walker CCMC, is a career coach who works with recent college graduates preparing them to compete in the toughest job markets. Her clients gain top performing skills in résumé writing, interview preparation and salary negotiation.