Daily Job Seeker Tip: The shy job seeker

February 9th, 2011 | Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »

If nervous sweating, trembling, and stuttering sounds familiar to you, take comfort that you’re not alone. Taking job seeker advice is one thing if you’re confident and outgoing, but if you’re shy, spitting out those words and giving a successful job interview performance is a whole other story.

Typically, shyness is a fear of being rejected combined with negative presumptions. So when it comes to interviewing, how do you get over your shyness to get the job?

First, realize the power of self-fulfilling prophecies. If you believe it will go badly or that you will stumble over your answers, then that will probably happen. Practice answering interview questions with friends and family to teach your subconscious through repeated exposure that social discomfort isn’t necessary or rational. Be aware of your body language, as this will often be the first sign of your shyness and lack of confidence.

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