How to Prepare for a Job Interview When You’re Discouraged

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7 Tips to Help You Prepare for an Interview Even When You Don’t Feel Motivated

Preparing for an interview can be stressful and anxiety inducing. It’s full of ups and downs. But when you are feeling down about your job prospects, or it’s just taking a while to get the job you want, it can be even more difficult to get motivated for an interview. 

We understand that depression and anxiety can make even the most basic activities feel arduous and challenging. So how can you prepare for an interview without it feeling like climbing Mount Everest?

Here are our tips to help you prepare for an interview when you feel depressed, anxious or discouraged.

1 | Take a Break

We believe in the Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared.” However, we also believe that it’s okay to take a break, even when prepping for an interview. Sometimes you just need to take a breath, clear your head and recalibrate. Take this time to calm and center yourself by doing some breathing exercises or meditating. If you are feeling down, talk with someone you trust or do an activity you love that will put a smile on your face. Pushing through the sadness or anxiety will only lead to more stress, so avoid piling on the anxious feelings by giving yourself space to just exist in the moment.

2 | Up the Endorphins

Give yourself a boost of endorphins by getting in a little exercise. Endorphins are released when you get moving and are what lift your mood. That’s why so many of us feel great after a workout. Not only that, but exercise can also help clear your mind and help you focus better! So whether you go for a jog or get in some heart-pumping cardio, you’ll be motivated to prepare for that interview!

3 | Get Organized and Be Prepared

Tasks become easier to do and less overwhelming if we get ourselves organized. Get your resume and cover letter printed out (including extra copies). Do your research on the company and take some notes. Pick out your interview outfit ahead of time. Get everything you need for the day of the interview into your nice back the night before. And of course, practice interviewing with a friend or family member! 

4 | Bite Sized Tasks

If all those tasks we listed off to help you get organized and prepared make your stomach churn or you just can’t seem to find the motivation, try breaking everything up into bite-sized tasks. In fact, it’s best to not do it all in one 24-hour period or you could set yourself up for failure. Take your time in getting ready by breaking everything down into more manageable tasks to keep for getting overwhelmed. To keep yourself on task, create a checklist of everything you need to do. You’ll get a boost of confidence every time you check something off your list! 

5 | Focus on What Went Right and Where You can Improve 

We’ve all been rejected for a job position. Sometimes we just aren’t the right person for the job and sometimes we make mistakes. No matter the reasoning, don’t get discouraged or feel defeated. Instead, focus on what went right. Give yourself props for how amazing you are–you have something unique to offer to companies! But also focus on where you can improve. The best thing about life is that we always have room to grow and learn from mistakes. But rather than beating yourself up over a mistake, adopt a “growth mindset” instead and work on what you can improve. Sometimes things that may seem like our greatest weaknesses can really be one of our greatest strengths. 

6 | You are Not Alone!

Remember that you are not alone! Millions of people suffer from depression and anxiety. And many of us have dealt with an extended job search at least once in our lives. Remember to give yourself a little more grace. And if you just can’t shake the depression or discouragement, make sure to reach out for help. 

7 | Don’t Waste Your Time!

One of the biggest things you can do to stave off depression or disappointment in not landing a job right away is to stop wasting your time applying for jobs at companies that just won’t work out in the end! In the past, people would apply to job after job after job, hoping to land something. But even then, the job they got may not have brought them the personal fulfillment they were seeking. Why? Because the company culture and personality just wasn’t the right fit.

When a company’s values and workplace culture more closely match your own, not only are you more likely to be hired by that company, but you’ll also find greater happiness and personal fulfilment in your job! But how do you know a company is the right fit before working there? With Workzinga, you’ll be matched with companies whose values and personality match yours. So stop wasting time applying to jobs that won’t work out in the end. Try our test today–not only will you learn about a prospective employer, but you might also learn something about yourself too!