3 THINGS TO DO BEFORE A JOB INTERVIEW
A job interview is a challenging task to undertake because of all of the different variables. There are a number of areas to pay attention to such as: resume, cover letter, practicing interview questions, research etc. It is understandable why plenty of job applicants worldwide feel a tremendous amount of pressure before going into a job interview, especially if it’s their first interview.
From our experience of coaching professionals, one of the problem areas that is often overlooked are the thirty minutes leading up the interview itself. The truth is, most people are already deflated before they even begin the interview because last minute nerves get to them. So I have come up with three simple remedies that you can use right now to prepare for your next big job interview that will alleviate the pressure of the moment.
1. Eliminate Self-doubt
Doubt has killed more dreams than any other variable out there. If you as a candidate are not confident in what you bring to the table, you will hamper your chances of getting hired. The reason is simply because people want to work with other people who have a strong sense of self-belief. By self-belief, I am referring to your ability to have total trust in your skills as a professional. You have to know that you have what it takes to be successful.
I’ll give you an example. I remember just under a year ago when I was talking to a job applicant that was on her way into a job interview. I asked her, “Are you ready”? She responded, “I’m screwed”! How do you think that interview played out? As you would imagine, she didn’t get hired. A great and simple way to overcome self-doubt is through the use of positive self-talk. These are positive phrases that you can quietly repeat to yourself before you walk into the interview. Try saying things like, “I deserve this position”, “I have what it takes” or, “It’s show time”
2. Review Your Resume
Before going into a job interview, make sure that you go over your notes. Try to make sure that you review every section of your resume and cover letter. Go over your work experiences and highlight the key achievements from your previous job position. Spend time reviewing milestones and relevant anecdotes about yourself. To be completely prepared, go over some of the behavioral interview questions that you practiced beforehand.
Your goal is to come across as naturally as possible when you speak. Try not to refer to your resume every few seconds. You should be able to explain your resume without reading every single bullet point you have listed on it. The worst thing to be is clumsy and unprepared when you speak.
Make sure that you have done all over this at least thirty minutes before the interview begins. This will make you more feel relaxed because you will know you are fully prepared.
3. Fix Your Energy
Most people are unaware of their sixth sense or ability to perceive both the positive and negative emotions and energy of others. If you have low energy at the beginning of an interview, it will dictate the nature of how the interview plays out. If you have high energy, it will be a lot easier to build rapport through leading and pacing. To be direct, pump yourself up! A job interview is not a place to be lax and disinterested. You are there to show the interviewer that you are excited to be in the room.
In the moments leading up to the interview, begin to imagine what if would feel like to land the position. Imagine the feeling of getting up the morning and going to work in a place that you feel excited about. Imagine all of the benefits and amenities the job will bring you after you are hired. Imagine the things you will be able to do for yourself and your family financially. These are the type of thoughts that get your blood flowing and your energy pumping. Be grateful for the opportunity.
Finally, don’t forget to smile before and after the interview. Good luck!