Interview Questions and Answers Interview nerves and interview questions

To some people, interviews are terrible ordeals. Each interview question is a misery, and they try to battle through if they can. Some people are so upset by interviews that they just seize up, literally.

Most people don't suffer like this, but for the minority that do, it's a curse. The problem isn't so much psychological, but that the interview environment produces a sort of knee jerk reaction. Even simple interview answers are beyond them.

It's an almost instinctive reaction to a situation. Interviewees get defensive, and respond negatively to interview questions with terse, snappy, interview answers. This can be almost subconscious, too, sending very hostile body language messages to each interview question. These interviewees are frequently surprised when the interviewers seem to back away, not knowing their response to interview questions looks like that, or that their interview answers are almost aggressive.

Other interviewees are actually silenced. They can't give anything which could possibly be called an interview answer. This, like the defensive reaction, is often a shock to the interviewees, who may not have even had any idea of their reaction until they actually entered the interview. They didn't even know they had a problem.

Actually, this sort of social nervousness is a lot more common than people think. It's not just interviews where these reactions occur. Everybody has a degree of 'interview nerves' in daily life. People react warily to any different social situation, particularly when there's something important, like a job, involved. It is a very natural reaction to a new or changed social environment.

The trouble is that the interview environment, because of the need to ask interview questions, becomes a negative stimulus. Interview questions are difficult enough, without interviewees seeing them as threats, as well.

Having to produce interview answers, let alone interview answers good enough to get a job, is asking too much of people in such a mental state. At best, interview answers are garbled, or minimal, when interviewees are under severe stress.

When to get help with 'Interview nerves'

The time to ask for help is:

  • When your self confidence is too low
  • When you have difficulty speaking to interviewers
  • When you find yourself getting dysfunctional
  • When interview questions are leaving you with a mental blank
  • When your answers to interview questions are obviously disorganized
  • Any disruptive nervous or emotional state related to interviews
  • If your interview performance is unacceptable to you (This can be an awareness of a problem with interviews you haven't defined)

Dealing with 'interview nerves' is easier than people think. It's really a matter of training and familiarity, defusing the nervous reaction.

The idea is getting people accustomed to the interview process. Interview questions and interview answers become familiar, therefore less negative. The interview environment itself becomes normal.

A good remedial training program will definitely solve anyone's interview problems. Check out your local trainers, see what they can do for you.