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24 Stages Every Graduate Goes Through When They Have a Job Interview

The interview starts long before you walk into the interview room.

1. First, there’s the elation of finding out you’ve finally got an interview.

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2. Which swiftly transforms into sheer terror.

Because holy shit you finally have an interview.

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3. You suddenly realise you have no idea how to prepare for it.

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4. And almost regret applying in the first place.

After waiting so long for an interview, you thought you’d feel much happier than you do about it.

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5. You start madly researching the company in question so you look like you know what you’re talking about.

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6. And rehearsing your answers to the kinds of questions you think they might ask.

7. You’re torn between wanting to tell people about the interview so they give you some moral support.

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8. And not wanting to say anything because you don’t want them to ask about it if it all goes wrong.

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9. When the day of the interview rolls around you’re hovering somewhere between complete panic and disturbing calmness.

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10. And you can’t help but think up various excuses as to why you couldn’t actually make it to the interview.

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11. You invariably end up arriving way too early and have to linger outside, hoping no one who works there will see you.

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12. When you do finally convince yourself it’s time to go in, introducing yourself feels much scarier than it really should.

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13. The wait for the interview to begin seems to last a lifetime.

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14. And by the time you meet the employer, you just want the whole thing to be over already.

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15. You desperately hope you’re coming across as endearing rather than a nervous wreck.

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16. And that it’s not obvious that your mind is going blank every time a question is asked.

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17. You try not to read into your interviewers’ reactions too much.

Especially if you have to show examples of your work.

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18. All while trying to find the balance between agreeing with whatever the employer says…

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19. And also making sure you don’t come across as desperate.

Even though, let’s face it, you kind of are.

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20. This concludes with the struggle to think of any good questions at all when asked for them.

Especially when any questions you may have had were already answered.

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21. And an attempt to leave in a dignified manner that suggests you’ve had a great time no matter what the outcome.

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22. You escape from the interview relieved at first that’s it’s all over.

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23. Until you start evaluating every single word you said.

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24. And realise that you now face an excruciating wait to hear back about it.

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