You might be the most qualified applicant for the job, but if you do not perform in the interview, you most likely won’t get the job. Because of this, almost everyone fears the interview process. While many people think that fear only worsens their performance in an interview, this is because they have positioned fear the wrong way. In order to get the job, you have to change the position of fear as it relates to the interview by thinking your fears through. In facing an interview, instead of positioning fear in front of you, position it behind you.  

 Fear is a negative emotion. People are influenced more by negative emotions than positive emotions because negative emotions are a stronger force. In turn, negative emotions stop most people from moving forward. Many people do not attempt to change their job because they fear the discomfort that accompanies having to go through the application and interview process, a negative emotion; and they like the comfort of their current position, a positive emotion. In this case, the negative emotions associated with fear of the discomfort of the interview overpower the positive emotions associated with the comfort of remaining in a job, or unemployed. Be the person who gets comfortable with the uncomfortable of the interview process; you’re already ten steps ahead of those who have chosen to be comfortable.  

You must also realize that you are taking a risk whether you choose to apply for a new job and thus interview, and if you choose not to apply for a new job. Deciding to go apply for a job and thus interview is a decision that has the consequence of failure. However, deciding not to apply for a job and not interview, thus remaining in your current position is also a decision that also has the consequence of failure. The best part about applying for a new job and going to an interview is that if you do fail, you still have your old job to fall back on; and if you succeed, great, you have just improved yourself. If you decide to remain in your current position, you are subjecting yourself to stagnation and thus failure.  

If you do fail in the interview process, however, you must understand that the failure that comes from not getting a job after an interview allows you to improve. If you are aiming for something high, it’s natural that you might not reach it. Accept this and take an objective look at the situation and the reason behind why you might have failed. In pointing out your shortcomings and then bettering yourself, you are only increasing your chances of improving in the future.  

In thinking through the fear of the interview process, you can use fear as a motivator behind you, rather than a roadblock in front of you, which will inevitably allow you to succeed in the future. If you are looking to improve your success in the interview process, whether you are an interviewer or an interviewee, listen to our latest podcast, “The Fear of the Interview,” which is part of our podcast series, “Facing Fear.” 

Jim Baker

Jim Baker

Sumus was founded by Jim Baker, an entrepreneur with 27 years’ experience bootstrapping and growing his business organically and through acquisition, to share his experience by providing advisory services around Board representation, Organization and Branding Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Value enhancement and Exit strategy.