That tie feels all too tight. Those sensible black pumps cling to your feet. The questions all start to run into each other and you can’t quite remember the position that this interview is even for. Have you followed up with the interview from last week? Have you researched the interview for next week? Interview fatigue is a real struggle for many job seekers.
Whether you have a lot of interviews or just a few intensive ones, the challenge is eminent. How do you keep your answers fresh and your interest evident? How do you keep motivation when your job-search seems to be dragging on?
We know interview fatigue is a barrier to many job seekers in finding their ideal career fit, so we have created a guide to preventing it before it even sets in. You have a lot to offer, and we know that with a bit of strategy and support you can not only present your best self at each meeting, but preserve your mental health in the process.
1. Get it all down on paper
Make a handy excel chart with each position that you have interviewed with, or are scheduled to interview with. It should include a description of each position and company as well as include important dates. Create a check-box system to make sure that you have followed up with each and update your chart when decisions have been reached. This way, all of that information does not have to float in your mind, but is safely organized.
2. Make knowledge your secret weapon
Before your interview, add detailed information about the company, their goals, challenges, culture and innovations to your chart and review it before each meeting. This strategy will give you plenty of material to discuss with the interviewer without having to rack your brain or reproduce the same bland answers. You can stay present and fresh if you focus on one company at a time and treat it as a unique interview experience. This strategy will also present you as prepared, interested and qualified for the position.
3. Anticipate the common
There are many common interview questions, so spend some time drafting and practicing your responses to them. This way, you can avoid making your brain jump through the same hoops over and over again. In your drafts, anticipate places to mention applicable facts about the company or position that you have gathered in your research.
4. Get to know what makes you great
Just as you drafted answers to common questions, practice your presentation of your own professional trajectory. Being prepared with a strong knowledge of your own experiences and goals, as well as a polished presentation of them, will not only impress each employer, it will allow you to rest easy in your ability to talk about yourself.
5. Love on yourself ❤
A large part of interview fatigue is the constant stream of judgment, and often, the compiled rejections. It is hard for any human being to stay confident and energetic under those circumstances, so be kind to yourself. Make a wellness plan during your interview periods in which you preemptively plan activities that energize you or simply make you feel good. Specify the times and frequencies of each activity, and stick to it. You could plan activities as varied as setting aside time to play with your pet, getting acupuncture or inviting friends for a game night.
6. Take the panoramic shot
Take time to step back and reflect on your job-search. Are you still targeting jobs that fit your goals? How have your interviewers been receiving you? Do you need to re-strategize or take a new approach? Often taking yourself out of the stress circle and observing it as an outsider for a moment gives you a chance to experience clarity and inspiration. Try talking to a friend, journaling or simply taking space.
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