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A stiff drink usually works for me ( LOL).
If even the thought of interviewing makes you nervous, it’s
important to get that emotion under control. The interview is your
opportunity to be at your best. If you allow nervousness to control
your presentation (or lack thereof), your image may be forever shrouded
in the cloud of nervousness that will block the interviewer’s total
view of who you are.
approval, but we are unsure of ourselves and how we will be perceived.
We are afraid we won’t get approval, which makes us nervous. And to
compound the problem, our increasing nervousness makes it even more
difficult to gain that approval, thereby compounding the basis for our
fears. Uncontrolled, nervousness can destroy our ability to effectively
technique you can apply to overcome your nervousness in any
interviewing situation. It is a technique that I personally use in
overcoming my own nervousness, and it will work equally well for you. Goog Luck Friend
The Rowboat Technique
and sometimes even thousands. Do I get nervous? You bet. Every time. Is
anyone aware of my nervousness? Not unless they see me in the few
minutes before I go on stage, before I have successfully applied the
Rowboat Technique. This simple technique allows me to overcome my fears
and successfully speak before thousands of people I have never met
before. And it will help you in meeting with and speaking to people you
have never met before in the interviewing situation.
combination with rhythmic breathing that allows you to fully overcome
your nervousness in any situation. To understand how to use this
technique, sit forward in a chair, arms outstretched, as if you are
grabbing oars in a rowboat. Take a deep breath, then slowly pull back
your arms and contract the abdominal muscle just below the rib cage. As
you continue to let out air, roll the contraction of the muscle
downward, just above your pelvic region, centering on your navel. Keep
your muscles tight until all of the air has been expelled. Count to
three (don’t breathe in yet!), then inhale deeply. Repeat this simple
process two or three times and you will find that your body is
down at one of the rowing machines. You will gain a firsthand feel for
the relaxation brought on by the series of muscle contractions and deep
breathing that comes naturally during this type of workout.
to go through all the visual animations in front of the interviewer,
but you can still effectively apply this technique. Simply take in a
deep breath through your nose, then contract your abdominal muscles in
the “top to bottom roll” discussed above as you slowly exhale through
slightly parted lips. Hold it at the bottom, take in a deep breath, and
you are ready to go. If you are still nervous, simply repeat the
technique one or two more times. Even if you are not nervous at the
time, it is always a good idea to use this technique as you wait to
meet with your interviewer. During the interview, you can use it while
the interviewer is speaking to keep potential nervousness in check.
Simply pause, take a deep breath, exhale and contract, then continue.
Your nervousness will be noticeable to the interviewer (due to the
pause in your answer), but the five-second drill will also show that
you are seeking to control your nervousness. If you are able to
successfully overcome, I will never hold that pause against you. I will
admire your self-control and the positive, proactive action you took to
put the interview back on a successful track.
a habit to apply this technique several times before going on stage,
whether I am feeling nervous or not. You could be seated next to me and
be completely unaware of what I am doing. Yet I will effectively put
away all my nervousness and prepare myself for a dynamic presentation.
You can do the same in preparation for your interview.
introduction of chemical imbalances into your system that can cause
nervousness. The deep breathing helps to dissipate any chemicals that
have already been released. It forces the body to prepare physically
for the upcoming task. The body begins to focus on producing the
positive endorphins needed for the anticipated “rowing” ahead. And this
exercise will give your mind the opportunity to focus positively on the
actual task of interviewing.
you need to focus your mind and body: overcoming anxiety, anger,
fright, tension, nausea—even a simple case of stomach butterflies. You
can overcome interviewing nervousness, and much more, just by using
this simple technique.
A certain level of nervousness is to be expected during
any interview. But how you react to it will determine the overall
It's natural to be nervous in situations like an interview, speaking engagements, etc. Some people are able to decrease their nervousness by practicing. Try have a friend or collegue practice interviewing you a few times to build up your confidence.
Don't even try to reduce or remove your nerves - embrase them and use them to your advantage. Make it your friend and become better for it.
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