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nervous about job interview - September 18th 2015, 04:21 PM

Hello!
Backstory: I suffer with anxiety, and I have trouble communicating with people, especially through texts/phone calls/emails etc.
I graduated high school in July and I am now looking for a job. Today I received a phone call from a company which is looking for employees who can speak english and german (italian is my first language). I asked what the job is, and the woman on the phone said I have to do something that involves answering the phone, emails, etc. I said I'd go to the job interview next week, but I am really nervous. The type of job is only half the problem: I should be able to speak german by now, I've studied it for 5 years, but I am absolutely awful at speaking - I have a really narrow vocabulary and it takes me ages to articulate a sentence - and I do not understand it unless the speaker is speaking slowly (I mean really slowly).
I talked to my mother about it and she said that if they hire me, it means that my knowledge is enough for the job, and if they think I'm not prepared enough, they will hire someone else. She says it's ifine and that I should just go to the interview and see what happens. But the other problem remains.
What do you think I should do?


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Re: nervous about job interview - September 19th 2015, 01:39 AM

Perhaps go to the interview, but make your capabilities clear. Don't say you can do everything if you can't. Explain that you are more confident at answering emails in German than speaking on the phone. Say that this is something you want to work on.

As for the interview itself; it's normal to be nervous. I find it helpful to think very pragmatically about the whole thing. They are looking for someone with a particular set of skills, you are looking for a job where you can use those skills. It's basically a matching game and whoever matches the job description gets the position.

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