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Fear psychosis might spoil your PI

Personal Interview

Published : Wednesday, 11 January, 2017 10:30 AM

Fear psychosis might spoil your PI


The Personal Interview is a source of nervousness, anxiety and fear for the many candidates who clear the entrance examination. This is because many of them don’t have the self- belief as well as the skills to tackle an interview, where communication skills, soft skills and confidence assume greater importance than, perhaps, even domain knowledge. This creates a sense of fear in them, which prevents them from giving their best shot.

Personal interviews generate fear in candidates because one can never be sure about which way the interview goes and what would be asked. Constant thinking about the interview, also because a lot rides on it for the candidate, can adversely impact the candidate’s frame of mind. It is not unusual for them to start anticipating all the things that can go wrong in the interview rather than thinking about the things that can and will go in their favour. This shift in thinking makes a crucial difference in their performance in the interview.

Instead of thinking positively, the candidate begins to think negatively and gets restricted in that negative space. Once the candidate gets into this frame of mind, he/she starts to get anxious and jittery due to which his/her preparation suffers. The candidates might find that the questions asked in the interview were within their grasp but just because of the negativity in their mind and the fear, they were not able to answer them the way they should have. This will only make them regret later on, but by then, they would have lost their chance.

The biggest toll that fear takes on is your confidence. As the future of the candidate rests on the results of the interview, the burden of fulfilling expectations can be too much to handle. Because of this, you start questioning your own abilities and start fussing over things which are irrelevant, even, out of your control. And when the time for the interview arrives, you are just not in a position psychologically to deliver your best performance.

Even when the candidate has the requisite skills needed for an interview, which includes good language skills, confidence, way of projecting themselves, hold on their thoughts and body, the fear of the unexpected might make them perform way below their expectations and they would end up messing up with the golden opportunity.

To overcome this fear, different people employ different strategies. Some use it to motivate themselves, some get into meditation to calm their nerves, some listen to upbeat music, some think about happy memories of their lives and so on. Whatever strategy works for you, you have to win over this fear and not let it defeat you and ruin your chances.

It is normal to have some fear of the interview, especially after you have cleared the entrance examination, as it will keep you on your toes and motivated but be conscious and alert because the fear can quickly take control of your mind.

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