When was your last job interview? Whether you’re preparing for your first one or you’ve been to many others before, going to a job interview with psoriasis can be nerve-racking. Here’s how you can be relaxed and at your best on the big day!
You’ve got all the necessary qualifications, you know you’re motivated and you’re willing to work hard – but during the interview, you get the feeling the interviewer is looking at your skin. Your mind starts spinning. “Are they wondering what it is? Are they thinking I could be contagious? They’ve probably already written me off, even though I’ve got everything they are looking for.” Your confidence falters, you lose track of what you wanted to say, you’re starting to stumble over your own words …
Stop right there!
Stop your thoughts drifting off in that direction
There are ways to deal with this situation, even when you’re in the middle of it. Sometimes it can help to take a moment and tell yourself that you are right for this job. You are qualified and you are a hard worker – your skin doesn’t make any difference. Take a deep breath and re-focus.
Other times, it can be helpful to just bring up the subject of your psoriasis yourself and see how the interviewers react to it.
How are you planning on talking (or not talking) about psoriasis?
This is really important:
Even though it’s often a good idea to just be open about it, you are not required to mention your psoriasis to a future employer.
If you aren’t dealing with visible plaques at the time of the interview, leaving psoriasis out of the conversation altogether might be the best way to go. However, if you are in a situation where your psoriasis will most likely get noticed, it can help to take a moment during the interview and say a few words about it. A short, matter-of-fact explanation is perfectly adequate – if you’re unsure about how it sounds, try it out on a friend and get them to tell you what they think.
Be sure to keep it light though. Psoriasis doesn’t define who you are as an employee – your strengths and your qualifications do!
There are also a few very practical things to think about that can help you feel relaxed on the day of the interview.
Decide on your outfit and try it out beforehand
Although dressing formal is almost always a good idea, you should also feel comfortable in your outfit. Try it on for a while on one of the days before the interview. Are there any areas where your skin is getting irritated – is your tie too tight, or is a rough hem on your tights rubbing? Little things like that can really stress you out on the day of the interview.
Try your outfit on beforehand and you’ll have time to replace an item of clothing or find a better solution!
Don’t just be on time – be early!
Okay, being on time for the interview is a no-brainer. What will really help to make you feel more relaxed and confident though, is to arrive as much as 20 minutes early!
You can check out where the bathrooms are and spend a bit of time in there applying some last-minute moisturiser, brushing off some flakes or just having a last reassuring look in the mirror. Before you head out to the interview, also take a short moment to listen to your body. If you’re feeling very nervous, one of these breathing exercises can help you calm down. Just remember – you are well prepared and you are going to give it your best.