The Priory Group is a wellbeing organisation which specialises in offering treatment and support to those suffering from mental health and addiction. They have kindly put together an article which discusses the behavioural therapies that can be used to alleviate negative feelings ahead of an interview.


Swap your negative inner dialogue for positive self-talk

When you feel anxious and worried, you are likely to ‘catastrophise’ and believe that the worst possible scenario is going to happen. By consciously swapping to positive self-talk, you can work to quieten your demoralising negative inner dialogue and the effect it has on you.

  • Before – before the job interview, tell yourself things like: “I’m going to do my absolute best – I can’t do any more than that” or “I am capable of answering all questions effectively and professionally”. You could even try reciting these statements out loud to yourself, to make sure that the message really sinks in
  • During – stay positive throughout. Think positive statements like: “Concentrate on what is going on, not on how you feel”, “I know I’ll be fine and these nerves will pass” and “Keep going, you’re doing really well”
  • After – remember to give yourself praise after the interview, such as: “I’m really pleased with myself” or “I really got my message across well”

Even when things don’t quite go to plan, you should take the time to reflect and praise yourself for your efforts – any small step that you make is progress.

Know when to get help for anxiety

If you ever feel like your anxiety is becoming more intense or persistent, and is having a detrimental impact on your day-to-day life, it’s important to visit your doctor.

They will be able to determine whether you need any further support and will be able to provide you with access to the treatment options available to you.

We would like to say a massive thank you to The Priory Group for sharing their CBT knowledge and techniques with us. If anyone needs any help with interviews then get in touch with us for more information on 0161 833 1044 or email us at [email protected]

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