My hero Seth Godin describes anxiety as “failing in advance”.
In seminars I would estimate at least a third of candidates I ask describe themselves as nervous, anxious or worried about their chances of viva success – with anxiety being very common – even though the vast majority of vivas result in the candidate passing.
If you had anxiety about your viva, what could you do to help yourself?
- Find out more about the process: having more certainty could help you to see you have what you need to succeed.
- Remember that you don’t have to have a viva, you get to have a viva: it’s at the end of a process that you have continued through for a long time.
- Invest a little time in getting ready: perfection isn’t needed but you can be prepared.
A little work can help lessen or remove anxiety. A little work is also what will help you to feel ready for success at the viva.