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Interview skills: what to do when your mind goes blank

How to keep your cool and avoid ‘brain freeze’ during a job interview
Picture shows models recreating a job interview, with a nervous young woman waiting for questions from recruiters

How to keep your cool and avoid ‘brain freeze’ during a job interview

Love them or loathe them, interviews are a necessary step to most new career opportunities.

Spotting an advert for a job you’d like can be exciting, but the process of trying for it – from submitting the application to attending the interview – can be stressful and exhausting.

Depending on where you are in your career and personal life, you may find yourself applying for jobs that hold no great emotional pull for you. Yes, it would be nice to be offered the post, but overall you are content where you are.

At other times, however, it can feel as though everything depends on you getting this new job.

Wanting it so much can affect your ability to answer

When you really want a


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