So you are sitting in the lobby surrounded by marble and fine wood. Your palms are a little sweaty and your heart is racing. You are not sure why you are nervous, but you are. Confidence is usually your strong suit, but for some reason you are not thinking logically. You are going over all the things the hiring manager may ask and you can’t remember all the great ideas you had last night when you couldn’t sleep.

We have all been there and too familiar with this situation. No matter who you are, interviewing for a job can be stressful – but why? There are a few reasons and the stress makes sense when you analyze them. First, you would not be interviewing if it were not something you had at least a little interest in. You feel out of control in an interview. You feel like the manager holds most of the cards and it is not a good feeling. Second, you are potentially setting yourself up for serious rejection. Nobody likes rejection. Third, you could fail. No matter how good you are, you could forget all the great things you rehearsed driving to the interview. You might not execute on your plan and you are not used to being a failure. Lastly, you might be humiliated. What if you say something stupid? What if you are asked a question that you can’t answer? What if the manager calls you a big dummy and kicks you out of his office – well some of you might have those thoughts.

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