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Re: INFOBUS RETURNS! 24th May -All things job hunting and employment [Special Guest]

While we are still on interviews, we had one question come through on the form that reflects what we've already been hearing from everyone that interviews are nerve wracking. Any special tips here @SamK1008

 

I really struggle with interviews - I freeze. I find it really hard to feel confident in interviews, and I panic more in practice interviews, yet I really want to work. How can I show an employer what I can do when I really struggle to sell myself or answer any questions confidently?

Re: INFOBUS RETURNS! 24th May -All things job hunting and employment [Special Guest]

A do have a question but I understand if you won’t hsve time to answer.

Is it legal for a workplace to not give you a break and instead incorporate it into your workload? What I mean is, they don’t give you a seperate time for lunch, just expect you to eat lunch while you work etc
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: INFOBUS RETURNS! 24th May -All things job hunting and employment [Special Guest]

@j95 from what I've done in my accounting/admin that isn't right, but I'd check your award your being paid under to find the specifics on what the legalities say. (I'm not familiar with the trade award)

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Re: INFOBUS RETURNS! 24th May -All things job hunting and employment [Special Guest]

Generally we get one but sometimes we don’t and I don’t mind but just wondered about how legal it is @Bee
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: INFOBUS RETURNS! 24th May -All things job hunting and employment [Special Guest]

 

I really struggle with interviews - I freeze. I find it really hard to feel confident in interviews, and I panic more in practice interviews, yet I really want to work. How can I show an employer what I can do when I really struggle to sell myself or answer any questions confidently?

 

The moment I stopped thinking that the interviewer was "higher in status" or "better" than me, was the moment I started to take control in my interviews. Just remember that the person across the table is just another person that is interested in finding out more about YOU. don't let your nerves get to you, IF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU. I used to suffer from severe anxiety myself so I know exactly the feeling you are talking about. Practice your deep breathing before and throughout the interview, take your time in answering the questions, let the employer know that you are nervous. They will understand Smiley Happy lastly, do not make the decision for yourself whether you did well in the interview or not... I used to beat myself up thinking that I did horrible in the interview, then I would get a call saying that I was successful. try to be as positive as you can be and that will show through your nerves Smiley Happy

Re: INFOBUS RETURNS! 24th May -All things job hunting and employment [Special Guest]

You should get one @j95 if you look at this site (https://www.fairwork.gov.au/awards-and-agreements)
you can find your award and see what they say Smiley Happy
(I've just been answering questions on awards with my study so it's in my brain LOL)

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Re: INFOBUS RETURNS! 24th May -All things job hunting and employment [Special Guest]

depending on the hours you work, legally if you are entitled to a lunch break then that would require you to be away from your work station for the duration of your break.

Re: INFOBUS RETURNS! 24th May -All things job hunting and employment [Special Guest]

@SamK1008 I couldn't love your answer to that more. Thinking of the interviewer as another human being who isn't better than you , but interested in you! 
I've also heard (and tried myself) about using your body to feel more confident - doing things like stretching and standing up tall before the interview starts - kind of like  "fake it till you make it" by sitting and walking how a really powerful confident person might. Taking up space helps my brain believe I'm confident and thus I feel more confident! Cool psychology stuff. 

Jumping back a bit again to mental health -  we had a question come through around when and how to tell your employer about mental health issues and if an employer could fire you for saying you had a mental illness. 

Whats been your experience in this area  @SamK1008

 

 

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Re: INFOBUS RETURNS! 24th May -All things job hunting and employment [Special Guest]

@SamK1008 How did you manage to stop seeing the interviewer as a "higher status" than yourself?

 

I get into an interview and I too freeze, and I've tried preparing as much as I could, vs not preparing and I've acknowledged I'm nervous/anxious in the interview, yet still manage to somehow find myself with no words or sense that I'm giving enough of an answer, eg it feels weak or it misses their question entirely.


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Re: INFOBUS RETURNS! 24th May -All things job hunting and employment [Special Guest]

 Can an employer fire you for saying you had a mental illness?

Even though it shouldn't happen, It unfortunately does in some circumstances where the employer just doesn't have or is able to provide the support that the employee needs. I would recommend to seek further assistance if you are ever in a situation like that. Also keep in mind that there are Disability employment services out there that are able to offer on the job support if needed which would also be an incentive to the employer at times.