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Quick Primer – What To Do If You Choke In An Interview

Choke In An Interview

Choking in an interview is not a comfortable feeling. All eyes are upon you, and you just can’t find the right thing to say.

Choking happens when your mind shifts into somewhere that is not ‘in the now’. You might think of an answer to a question, then you start an internal dialogue about your potential response- is it right… is it wrong…. will you look stupid…. you won’t get the job, etc.

Physically speaking, you might even freeze – you may be unable to even say anything at all.

We see the danger of choking in the sporting world every day. It can be devastating, but for most players, it’s not the end of their career – just a moment in time.


There are some steps you can take if you find yourself in this situation.

1. Take a deep breath

2. Ask for the question to be repeated

3. Drink some water

4. Ask if you can come back to the question later

5. Take a break

Obviously, which course you take will be dictated by how extreme your response is.


Preparation is key to being ready for any interview. Practicing interviews, visualisation, and avoiding a set interview ‘script’ are some things that you can do to get ready.




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