Avoiding Job Interview Freak Outs

Beth is qualified for a promotion in her company, but she always freezes up in the interview process. What's the best way to prepare for interviews?

QUESTION: Beth in Sioux Falls is qualified for a promotion in her company, but she always freezes up in the interview process. What’s the best way to prepare for interviews?

ANSWER: I guess I kind of faced that when I first started doing a lot of speaking, and I would find myself standing in front of 10,000 people or when I’d get on the radio in front of 5 million people or something like that. Really, I had to get to the point where I would do the best I could do, and I wouldn’t die from the result. I guess what I’m saying is if there’s a way you can kind of work this around in your mind where you don’t care quite so much… You’re freaking out because you’re acting like this is the end of the world if this doesn’t work out, and it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t work out. One way you’ll know that too is if you had some other options. I think you ought to be shopping around. Let’s pretend that somebody gave you $1 million and then you had to go in and do the interview. It wouldn’t matter, would it? You’d be going to the interview for fun, and if you got the job, fine. If you didn’t get the job, fine. That’s the kind of thing I mean. You’ve got to wrap your head around those kinds of ideas to where you “don’t care as much” in the sense of it’s not the end of the world. You’re not going to be shot in the face or something if you do badly. It’s just a job. Everybody’s got a job. You can get another one. There’s something else to do out there. This is a free enterprise system. Just move on. If I mess up an interview on TV, you know what? I’ll just do another one.