If you’re in the job search, the inner critic part may be showing up in various ways: by criticizing you for not having the right degree, the right education, or the right experience. You can feel shame or guilt from the inner critic's comments like, “Why didn’t you do better when you were in school? Now you’re paying for that.” Or “Why should YOUR work be any more meaningful than anyone else’s? Isn’t it irresponsible to your family not to select the highest-paying job?” Or “What were you thinking when you chose that outfit for your interview?” Or “You seriously think you will get this job when so many other qualified people are out there?” Or “You might as well stay in your current job. You really can’t do much better than what you have. Don’t even try.”Your inner critic might even accuse you of being an imposter, known as imposter syndrome
So, how do you deal with these feelings of inadequacy while preparing for an interview? Read Dr. Brook's article, "The Worst Critic in Your Job Search, Part 1," to being learning how to conquer some of your greatest self-deprecating fears.