Since apparently I can't just be patient, should I be angry right now or sad? Drunk?
got my first phone interview today… it was a mix of emotions, but mostly OH CRAP, the next phase has begun… anxiety skyrocketed.
benzos are also excellent for the following:
(and im 100% serious, not joking - for some reason the topic of drugs never comes up on this listserve, haha!)
A. when you are flying to an interview on the east coast but live on the west coast, and thus will be beginning your 16 hour interview day at 3am PST. take a benzo the night you arrive so that you can actually fall asleep at 7pm PST and not feel like you just flew to europe for the entire interview day :)
B. take one (or half of one) 1.5 hours before your job talk so that you can think clearly and answer questions… the talk you can do nervous, but the intense thinking-on-your-feet required during the (sometimes long) question and answer period is extremely difficult to do when nervous.
Caveat to B: do NOT try this for the first time on a real interview… try it some other time when you are nervous (maybe for a practice talk in front of your department or lab). also - beware if you do this and then have a dinner afterward (AVOID ALCOHOL + BENZOS on a job interview!!) :)
I'm glad my suggestion was met with the respect it deserves. Benzos are very helpful for sleep as long as you:
a) go to bed RIGHT AWAY (otherwise, anxiety-free life will be so fun that you'll never want to sleep) and
b) are actually going to sleep a full night (because if not, you will be super groggy the next day)
I am not sure I can get behind the benzo while at an interview unless you are really prone to anxiety. I do a bit better under some pressure (see Yerkes-Dodson curve) and an anxiolytic would probably rob me of that edge. But to each his own!
Ativan, Xanax and Valium are all reasonably short-acting and ideal for sleep. It is very easy to get Benzos from your doctor to take "as needed." It's when you want to take them all the time that a doctor gets edgy.