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In about 30 minutes, I have a phone interview. Four people (all of whom I know) will be on the interview, and I am so nervous I am shaking and feel like crying. There are four positions available and 12 phone interviews, so 1/3 of the people being interviewed will likely get the job, which means the odds are good (for everyone, not just me). Even if I don't get it, it's not the end of the world, but I worry about these 4 people's perception of me if I bomb it...
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I try to look at the bright side... interviews are hard enough, but when they add extra people it drives my anxiety up.

The good thing about the phone- they won't be able to tell how uncomfortable you are (body language). I have a phone phobia, what I do is I'll write down what I am going to say on paper. Then I read it off the paper. Otherwise I can get tongue tied.

How did it go? It looks like I'm late
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In about 30 minutes, I have a phone interview. Four people (all of whom I know) will be on the interview, and I am so nervous I am shaking and feel like crying. There are four positions available and 12 phone interviews, so 1/3 of the people being interviewed will likely get the job, which means the odds are good (for everyone, not just me). Even if I don't get it, it's not the end of the world, but I worry about these 4 people's perception of me if I bomb it...
I hope everything goes well for you. I have had a phone interview before and I felt the exact same way you just described. During the phone interview I closed my eyes and, for whatever reason, it eased my situation a little bit. Just enough so I could do a proper interview. Best of luck to you.
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You're going into it already assuming you'll mess up and make a fool of yourself. Instead of focusing on that thought, flip it around and focus on what'll happen if it goes well.

(Yes, I know the interview already took place, but maybe for future reference).
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It went better than I expected. They only asked 3 questions (with some follow-ups) and allowed me to ask questions--I had two. One question I asked was what they were looking for in someone in this position, and the senior-most person turned the question around and asked me what I thought they were looking for. I apparently responded well, because one of the other interviewers said she was going to steal my answer.
I just scheduled the second interview for next week, which is nice because I will have more time to prepare, but also more time to worry...
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Congrats on getting the second interview. One word of advice from my brother was to also always have questions when asked, do you have any questions?

He told me to ask them something about themselves, so the spot goes on them. And that usually, they are happy to talk some. I am always unsure of what to ask- I had a really simple interview for retail so I asked, "What is your favorite thing about your job" and also how long they have all worked there.
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The face-to-face interview went okay. I didn't feel prepared for what they asked, but I think I did an okay job, considering. All four people who were conducting the interview smiled a lot (the senior-most person smile A LOT). The thing I think I did worst (or not the best, at least) was answering the question, "With a pool of qualified applicants, what makes you stand out?" I have a really hard time talking myself up, so I stumbled with that a bit. I will know for sure whether I got it or not by the end of this week. I know one other person who interviewed, and she's a really good candidate. 28 people applied, there were 12 phone interviews, and I'm not sure how many face-to-face interviews, but I was at least in the top half of the applicant pool, so that's kind of nice.
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The face-to-face interview went okay. I didn't feel prepared for what they asked, but I think I did an okay job, considering. All four people who were conducting the interview smiled a lot (the senior-most person smile A LOT). The thing I think I did worst (or not the best, at least) was answering the question, "With a pool of qualified applicants, what makes you stand out?" I have a really hard time talking myself up, so I stumbled with that a bit. I will know for sure whether I got it or not by the end of this week. I know one other person who interviewed, and she's a really good candidate. 28 people applied, there were 12 phone interviews, and I'm not sure how many face-to-face interviews, but I was at least in the top half of the applicant pool, so that's kind of nice.
Well done, lilmutegirl! So far so good. Good luck for the end of the week.
Sounds like you have a pretty good chance if you are in the top half of applicants.
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