Interview Anxiety & Interview Skills

Nigel is an experienced Manchester Counsellor & Psychotherapist who specialises in successfully working with interview anxiety and other anxiety related issues.

Now also available for Online Therapy.

To book an appointment with him, or to make an enquiry, call 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email

What is Interview Anxiety?
What are the Symptoms?
What are panic attacks?
What anxiety treatment is available?
How to book the treatment?


What is Interview Anxiety?

It is quite normal to feel some anxiety during an interview, however when that anxiety becomes overwhelming, debilitating or stops you performing at your best then it is time to consider doing something about it.

In these times of economic difficulties and high unemployment, competition for jobs isvery intense with huge numbers of applications for each job.

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The added pressure to stand out and perform well at an interview and appear confident, competent and calm can create heightened levels of anxiety and even panic in many job applicants. In effect the anxiety can actually cause you to seem even less competent and confident than you actually are. Reducing your chances of getting the job.

Thankfully it is easier than you may think to overcome your interview anxiety and build you confidence.

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During our work together we will aim to substantially reduce or eliminate your anxiety in a interview, help to build your confidence and self esteem, enhance your belief in your abilities, and teach you some interview skills and relaxation methods. The process itself is very flexible and is adjusted to your specific requirements and needs.

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Fight or Flight

Someone experiencing interview anxiety is feeling the effects of the ‘fight or flight’ response. The fight or flight response is our mind and bodies natural response to a perceived threat. The perceived threat itself may be physical or psychological in nature. (e.g. making a scene, looking foolish, not being liked or accepted, appearing weak, potential physical harm etc.)


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When it is activated, hormones are released into the body to enable us to either deal with or escape from the dangerous situation.The effects of the fight or flight response include an increase in our heart rate to pump blood faster to the lungs, muscles and brain. We breath more rapidly to increase our oxygen levels, our muscles tense ready for action and many functions not necessary for fighting or escaping, such as digestion or reproduction, slow or stop.

It is important to realise that all anxiety including interview anxiety starts with our thoughts, and it is our brain that then stimulates the release of the various stress hormones. It is the negative thoughts we have about what is happening in the environment around us, or other people who are there, or our own bodily sensations, or even thoughts about our own thoughts that will start the anxiety response within our body, and keep it going.

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It is the negative thoughts we have about what is happening in the environment around us, or other people who are there, or our own bodily sensations, or even thoughts about our own thoughts that will start the anxiety response within our body, and keep it going.In some ways our minds and bodies can’t tell the difference between the thoughts about a situation and the situation itself. Therefore by simply thinking negativelyworrying, or ‘what if’-ing about an upcoming interview, or presentation, you are activating the fight or flight response in exactly the same way as if you were actually experiencing it in reality.

Due to the way anxiety functions, you simply can’t fight it head on. You’ve probably tried that already and failed. Often the more you fight and try to control the anxiety, the worse it gets!

Could you imagine just how useful it would be for you to learn new and different ways to think and react so that your fears just faded away and no longer seemed a problem?

When you are committed to make the inner changes you need to control your anxiety, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.

If you can’t travel to me then I am also available for online therapy, counselling and coaching via Skype.

Symptoms of interview anxiety may include:

Breathing difficulties Excessive perspiration Fear of being ‘found out’
Tightening of the throat Light-headedness Short term memory loss
Frequent need to urinate Feelings of inferiority / inadequacy / weakness Lack of concentration
Muscle Tension Sweating hands Sleeping difficulties
Trembling Pounding heart Catastrophic thinking
Fear of losing control Fear of embarrassment Aching jaw
Extreme exhaustion Chest pain Feeling detached from body
Nausea and/or vomiting Digestive problems Tingling feeling
Neck pain Headaches Hyperventilation
Depersonalisation Ice cold feeling Hot prickly feeling
Choking sensation Intense heat Indigestion
Pins and needles Dissociative symptoms Fear of making a fool of self
Fear of going insane Fear of having a heart attack Diarrhoea
Churning/burning stomach Muscle pain Sense of shame

NOTE: If you are suffering from any of the above physical symptoms then do discuss them with a doctor first to rule out any potential physical causes.

When you are committed to make the inner changes you need to control your anxiety, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.



Panic Attacks

Manchester | Psychotherapy for Panic attacks | NLP for Panic Attacks | Counselling for Panic AttacksA panic attack may also be experienced before and/or during an interview, and is an intense rush of very uncomfortable physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, nausea, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, inability to concentrate, and confusion. Which is coupled with negative thoughts about the situation (e.g. making a scene, looking foolish, not being liked or accepted, being found out, appearing weak).

Symptoms of panic attacks can include palpitations, sweating, trembling or shaking, sensations of shortness of breath or smothering, feeling of choking, chest pain or discomfort, nausea or abdominal distress, dizziness or light-headedness, derealisation or depersonalisation, fear of losing control or going ‘crazy’, fear of dying, paresthesia, and chills or hot flushes.

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The Interview Anxiety Treatment

The treatment is available at the ManchesterHarley Street and Online practices and is custom made for your unique requirements. So the exact form of treatment and number of sessions will vary from person to person depending on your needs, the severity of the problem and any other complicating factors. Most people will usually need as little as 6 to 8 one hour sessions, for more deep rooted or complex problems, more may be required.

The aim of this process is to help you to experience a deep permanent change in how you think and feel about interviews. Which then allows you to feel more comfortable and at ease, remain in control, feel confident and perform at your best.

Interview Anxiety | Interview Skills | Manchester Psychotherapy | Manchester NLPDuring the process we will address whatever issues need to be dealt with to enable you to overcome your interview fears and anxiety. The treatment process itself is relaxed, sensitive, respectful and non-judgemental. I have had personal experience of overcoming anxieties, and therefore can fully understand and empathise with what you’re going through every step of the way.



Examples of some commonly dealt with issues:

  • Changing limiting beliefs and building powerful empowering beliefs.
  • Disassembling of the negative feedback loops, and self reinforcing and self sustaining aspects of the anxiety.
  • Changing your perceptions of others, and what you think they think of you.
  • Change what you feel about yourself and your abilities.
  • Building your self-esteem, self-worth and self confidence.
  • Emotional state management.
  • Learning to relax/ground/centre yourself so you can stay more in the moment.
  • Positively changing your perceptions of past events and future worries.
  • Learn useful interview skills.

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The treatment integrates my own research with a variety of therapeutic processes, including but not limited to Psychotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), CBT, Mindfulness, Self-Relations, Hypnotherapy, Transactional Analysis, Life Coaching and Stress Management which are individually recognised as highly successful ways of changing peoples behaviours and perceptions and I’m sure you can imagine the amazing benefits of combining these powerful processes, allowing you to quickly and easily change the thoughts, emotions and behaviours you currently have about interviews. So you just find yourself changing in beneficial ways.

I am a professional fully qualified and experienced Integrative Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist, Life Coach, Advanced Hypnotherapist and a Licensed NLP Master Practitioner. I integrate all my skills and experience to produce a treatment that is tailored to your unique needs. So that together we can work to help you to change in the quickest and easiest ways possible.

When you are committed to make the inner changes you need to control your anxiety, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now. If you can’t travel to me then I am also available for online therapy, counselling and coaching via Skype.

(See the consultation fees page for prices and discounts.)

What this treatment is not: The treatment is not a list of quick fixes, tips or tricks about anxiety. Nor is the treatment a ‘miracle secret’ technique that can be applied in moments that will somehow mysteriously and magically cure you of a lifetimes worth of anxiety without any effort. You can find that sort of ridiculous over hyped product and information on a thousand other websites, and may even have wasted good money and time on them without any real or lasting success. In those cases the old adage holds true ‘If something seems to good to be true then it probably is.’


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In reality: There are rarely any instant fixes or magical cures, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t change, or that change is hard or takes a long time. All that is really required to change, is a little bit of committment to your own personal growth, taking ownership of your issues, putting in some effort for a few weeks, and getting some helpful and realistic guidance from someone who genuinely has considerable experience with anxieties. Before you realise it you’ll be surprising yourself with what you are capable of doing.


When considering the rest of your life, what value do you place on your well-being?

When you are committed to make the inner changes you need to control your anxiety, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.


Booking is easy

NOTE: Before booking it is very important that you get any physical symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or doctor to rule out any physical causes.

I recommend booking an Initial Consultation first. This gives us the chance to begin to explore your issues and your requirements further, give you honest answers to any questions you might have and give you a realistic estimate of the number of sessions you may require.

When you are ready to make the inner changes you need, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.

I offer online scheduling


I practice from a consulting room in my home in Chorlton in South Manchester,. If you can’t travel to me then I am also available for online therapy, counselling and coaching via Skype.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Consultation Fees

Session fees are paid at the time of booking.

You may pay by cash, Debit Card, credit card or online. I no longer accept cheques.


Cost when paying per session:

See the consultation fees page for session prices and discounts.

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Upcoming Workshops

Why not enquire about the next full day anxiety workshop, held regularly in South Manchester.

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Corporate Work

My services can also be combined and tailored to your group or corporate needs, and range from EAP (Employee Assistance Programme – one to one therapy, counselling or coaching sessions) through to bespoke group training, workshops, and outdoor activities and retreats.


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Nigel Magowan
UKCP Registered Solution-Focused Integrative Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Licensed NLP Master Practitioner, Ecotherapist, Accredited Supervisor and Advanced Hypnotherapist


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Clients come to me from all over the North West of England, see below for a list of areas covered:

Greater Manchester: Chorlton ~ Didsbury ~ Fallowfield ~ Flixton ~ Eccles ~ Irlam ~ Salford ~ Swinton ~ Pendlebury ~ Worsley ~ Walkden ~ Cadishead ~ Bury ~ Bolton ~ Farnworth ~ Little Lever ~ Kearsley ~ Wardley ~ Monton ~ Orrel ~ Barton ~ Boothstown ~ Dumplington ~ Baguley ~ Benchill ~ Burnage ~ Blackley ~ Beswick ~ Clayton ~ Crumpsall ~ Levenshulme ~ Longsight ~ Northenden ~ Rusholme ~ Sharston ~ Withington ~ Woodhouse Park ~ Wythenshawe ~ Westhoughton ~ Blackrod ~ Kearsley ~ Horwich ~ Prestwich ~ Ramsbottom ~ Radcliffe ~ Tottington ~ Whitefield ~ Whalley Range ~ Carrington ~ Victoria Park ~ Old Trafford ~ Cheetham Hill ~ Tamesdie ~ Ashton under Lyme ~ Denton ~ Reddish ~ Stalybridge ~ Hyde ~ Oldham ~ Royton ~ Saddleworth ~ Rochdale ~ Heywood ~ Littleborough ~ Castleton ~ Milnrow ~ Middleton ~ Wardle ~ Wigan ~ Ashton-in-Makerfield ~ Golborne ~ Billinge ~ Winstanley ~ Leigh ~ Standish.

North Trafford: Davyhulme ~ Firswood ~ Flixton ~ Gorse Hill ~ Lostock ~ Old Trafford ~ Stretford ~ Trafford Park ~ Urmston.

South Trafford: Altrincham ~ Ashton-on-Mersey ~ Bowdon ~ Broadheath ~ Brooklands ~ Carrington ~ Dunham Massey ~ Hale ~ Hale Barns ~ Oldfield Brow ~ Partington ~ Sale ~ Sale Moor ~ Timperley ~ Warburton ~ West Timperley.

Stockport: Adswood ~ Bramhall ~ Bredbury ~ Brinnington ~ Cheadle ~ Cheadle Hulme ~ Compstall ~ Davenport ~ Edgeley ~ Gatley ~ Heaton Moor ~ Heaton Norris ~ Heaton Chapel ~ Heaton Mersey ~ Hazel Grove ~ Heald Green ~ Heavily ~ High Lane ~ Marple ~ Offerton ~ Poynton ~ Reddish ~ Romiley.

Cheshire: Alderley Edge ~ Adlington ~ Ashley ~ Bucklow Hill ~ Handforth Dean ~ High Legh ~ Knutsford ~ Mere ~ Mobberley ~ Ollerton ~ Plumley ~ Tatton ~ Pickmere ~ Wilmslow ~ Warburton ~ Woodford ~ Lymm ~ Dunham ~ Massey ~ Chester ~ Crewe ~ Northwich ~ Daresbury ~ Warington ~ Winsford ~ Widnes ~ Wirral ~ Nantwich ~ Sandbach ~ Middlewich ~ Congleton ~ Alsager ~ Macclesfield ~ Prestbury ~ Goostrey ~ Pickmere ~ Mottram St.Andrew ~ Mobberley ~ Chelford ~ Tytherington ~ Bollington ~ Alsager ~ Tarporley ~ Davenham ~ Great Appleton Thorn ~ Budworth ~ Little Budworth ~ Frodsham ~ Holmes Chape ~ High Legh ~ Disley ~ Grappenhall ~ Appleton ~ Croft ~ Thelwall ~ Penketh ~ Glazebury ~ Winwick ~ Culcheth ~ Saint Helens ~ Over Peover ~ Lower Peover ~ Church Lawton ~ Cranage ~ Stockton Heath.

Cumbria ~ Lancashire ~ Merseyside ~ Derbyshire ~ Staffordshire ~ Peak District ~ North Wales ~ North West.


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Offers counselling psychotherapy and life coaching help with interview anxiety and interview skills in the Greater Manchester, Cheshire, and Lancashire areas.

Therapy Services

Integrative Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Trauma-Informed Therapy
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
AF-EMDR (Attachment-Focused EMDR)
Somatic Therapy
Clinical Supervision
DBT Skills
Life Coaching
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Ericksonian Hypno-psychotherapy
Online Therapy via Zoom / Skype
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
Open Public Workshops
Corporate Workshops and Training
Closed Group Ecotherapy Workshops
Ecotherapy / Nature-based Therapy
Outdoor Nature-therapy Retreats

Contact Details

Nigel Magowan
UKCP Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist
Registered Member of the BACP
EMDR Therapist
UKCP Approved Clinical Supervisor
Accredited Therapist Member of Anxiety UK

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Nigel Magowan t/as
Inner Changes Psychotherapy
Piccadilly House
49 Piccadilly
M1 2AP
Phone: 07463 542368 (Manchester City Centre)

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