Feb 20, 2019 - 04:25 PM
In order to overcome social anxiety to get a job that requires good communication skills, you will need to practice how you interact with others, and you will also need to practice (and sharpen) your interview skills. Consider setting up a practice job interview with a friend or family member.
Interviewing for a new job can be tough for anyone, especially when you are young and don't have much practice doing it. But, there’s hope! Interview anxiety is something many people experience, and you can overcome it. First, come up with a list of questions you can use during the "small talk" stage of an interview, which typically happens at the beginning or end of an interview. This is one of the stages of an interview where people with social anxiety can become uncomfortable. Once you have a game plan for small talk, small talk can become easier and less strained.
Then, begin to study common interview questions. Come up with answers to questions like:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- How do you work under pressure?
- Tell me about a work challenge you faced, and how you overcame it.
- Why should we hire you over someone else?
When coming up with answers to common interview questions, write your answers down. Then, begin practicing your answers out loud. You can record yourself on your phone and play your answers back, or practice with a friend. The more practice you have, the more confident you will feel, and the easier it will be to overcome social anxiety and put your communication skills on display."
Aug 12, 2018 - 01:39 PM
Experts recommend practicing communication in low-stakes settings. Even if you feel awkward, pushing your limits can help you achieve confidence, which can counteract anxiety. It is best to approach this personal and professional challenge as a process rather than a single choice. By gradually pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone, you may begin to strengthen your communication skills.
As you encounter and survive more situations that trigger your social anxiety, you may notice that the symptoms are becoming more manageable. There are also a number of online resources for professionals with social anxiety. You may also want to read books on this subject or work with a therapist.