9 tips to emotionally manage a job interview

The Job interviews They generate a high level of stress in most candidates. Statistical data reveal that 5 out of 10 young people feel that they do not give even 40 percent of themselves by the stress and tension of the moment. Each candidate feels that his future work is at stake, he is fighting for a first job for which he has been preparing years in the classroom.

Know how to react emotionally well in a job interview It's fundamental. Interviewers value reactions with confidence and ease before issues that are sometimes designed, precisely, to know the weaknesses of the candidate.

These are the so-called killer questions: questions compromised, uncomfortable, destabilizing and that can even invade the privacy of the candidate.


However, there are many times when this type of question is decisive when assessing the candidate's improvement in the selection process or choosing one or the other candidate.

Roles that the interviewer can adopt

- Aggressive. Ask intimidating questions to assess resistance to frustration.
- Operational. Is interested in the technical knowledge of the applicant and if they fit the vacancy.
- Psychological. He wants to find out the personality of the candidate, his ability to be part of a team and to solve problems.

The emotional culture can be increased in coaching sessions. In fact, it helps us to enjoy much more of the different areas in which we relate: studies, work, family, friends, couple. The emotional culture is a valuable tool to interrelate healthy, with ourselves first and then with the wide range of individuals around us.


9 practical tips to face the job interview

1. Control non-verbal communication and facial expressions.
2. Do not hesitate As if it were the first time we asked ourselves these questions.
3. Do not adopt an aggressive attitude and / or defensive.
4. Avoid memorizing a series of responses and release them all at once.
5. Reformulate them positively.
6. Avoid lying at all costs.
7. Handle silences and not be uncomfortable or impatient.
8. Argue all the answers.
9. Always transmit a calm and positive attitude.
10. Look at your interlocutor, establishing eye contact increases your ability to tune in better with what is happening.


The main life stage changes that affect us emotionally are the change from being a university student to being employed, the crisis of 30/40 years, starting again in life after the loss of a job, partner or the change of country of home.

The University instills in the student the idea that he must be perfectly prepared before facing a project, but he leaves aside the first and most transcendent objective of a graduate, which is to enter the labor market. According to data from the Coaching Club, 7 out of 10 young people have not learned how to emotionally manage a job interview or have been able to defend their project in an evaluation committee and 9 out of 10 University students are not prepared to face the labor market or interviews of work. In addition, they do not have a training or a script to stick to once they leave the University.

Verónica Rodríguez Orellana, Therapist and Director of Coaching Club

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