Do you wish you can go into any interview feeling unstoppable and absolutely confident that you’re going to nail it? If you said yes, you’re in luck. Here’s how to do just that…
Preparing Prior To The Day of The Interview
Visualize yourself doing fantastic in the interview and receiving a positive response!
- Write down all the reasons you would be amazing at the job. Review these as often as possible so you can easily access this mentally during the interview. Link your experience/skills to the job description and what the company is all about. Also think about your ability to overcome challenges and learn quickly especially with a job you’re passionate about. Let your enthusiasm shine through!
- Visualize yourself doing fantastic in the interview and receiving a positive response, in as much detail and with as much emotion as possible. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the interview answering every question with confidence and enthusiasm. Picture yourself answering even the tough questions well, conveying to them that even if you don’t have experience with something, you’ve overcome challenges in the past, you’re a fast learner, and when you commit to something it’s done, and at an exceptional level! Visualization is incredibly powerful and is used by top performers such as athletes and executives to get the outcome they want. I encourage you to do this at least a few minutes a day.
Review the role, the company, the interviewers, the company culture and any other research you can do!
- Observe any negative self talk (ie. when you doubt yourself).This is when you say to yourself out loud or in your mind ‘what if I mess up?’, ‘what if I don’t get the job’, etc. Come up with a power phrase that will help get you in a positive frame of mind like ‘I’ve got this!’, ‘I have what it takes’, ‘I can do all things…’, ‘I am confident’, ‘I am capable’ etc. Really believe and embody these words. Say them like a confident person and feel the emotions that go along with that, even if it feels strange at first.
- Review the role, the company, the interviewers, the company culture and any other research you can do that will be relevant to preparing for your interview. If you’re working with a recruiter, ask this person what qualifications are most important to the hiring manager when it comes to filling this role. What about your experience, background, skill set or previous accomplishments are most attractive? This will help you develop your talking points for the interview. Remember to tailor every response to what they’re looking for and what’s important to the interviewer and company.
What To Do On The Day of The Interview
Some of these tips may be obvious but they’re worth mentioning!
- Dress for success. You have 6 seconds to make a great first impression so remember to dress for the job you want.
- Dance and get yourself pumped up while you’re getting ready! A change in your physiology is going to increase dopamine production just as exercise does, helping you feel amazing. Include practicing gratitude for this opportunity too. Doing all these things is going to help you feel more confident, relaxed and unstoppable.
- Make sure you’re well hydrated. Drink plenty of water before the interview so you feel your best. A restroom stop before stepping into the room is highly recommended. This is a great time for your power pose (see #7).
- Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes to a half hour early and give yourself plenty of time for traffic and any other unforeseen delays, so you arrive as relaxed as possible. If you can, do a practice run ahead of time so you know the route well and can relax on the way there rather than feeling nervous that you’re not sure where you’re going. Mentally focus on all your strengths.
- Practice good posture. When you sit upright, with your head up and shoulders back, and when you walk confidently you will feel more confident going into the interview. Avoid crossing your arms. Focus instead on showing the interviewer that you’re engaged and interested in the discussion.
- Great eye contact is important. You don’t need to stare at the interviewer throughout the interview but make sure you’re showing them you’re engaged and interested in what they have to say. Look away from them briefly every now and then to break the consistent eye contact and reduce the creepiness factor!
- Practice power poses beforehand. I recommend listening to Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk on this. It will give you some great ideas on how this can be done but in short, stand in an open stance (in private), like Wonder Women for at least 2 minutes before you go in. This has a physiological impact on your body and will help you feel more confident. I recommend doing this for at least 2 minutes before you leave for the interview, visualizing it going great, and for another 2 minutes in the restroom before you go in for your interview.
- Remember you deserve to be there. You would not have been invited to the interview if they didn’t believe you could be a great fit. Own your worth! Know that whatever happens is meant to happen. Do your best and let God/the Universe do the rest. If it’s meant for you, it will be. If it’s not, the right opportunity will come your way at the perfect time for you. It’s important to surrender the outcome once the leave the interview. You can do a quick review to make note of what you can improve upon, but then immediately release it and don’t replay it in your mind. The more detached you are from the outcome, the less stressed you will be and the more you’ll be able to focus on the things that really matter to you.
- Smile and breathe! You’re going to do great. This also means having a positive, friendly demeanor with everyone you come into contact with.