Congratulations, you landed an interview for your dream job! Now what?
Preparing for the interview is the key to feeling confident. That means doing in-depth research on the company, the person who will be interviewing you, and the role you’re applying for. You’ll also want to practice answering some common interview questions. However, there are some extra steps you can take to boost your confidence before you walk into the interview.
Here are 4 mindset tips for feeling confident during an interview:
It’s very common to imagine the worst-case interview scenario, but what if you took that energy and visualized the best-case scenario. Positive thinking is extremely helpful in building confidence. Set aside some time beforehand to visualize the interview and what you want the outcome to be. You can do this for a few minutes every day leading up to the interview. Your intention is to purposefully program your mind to visualize the positive things you want to happen and how you want to feel during the interview. Close your eyes and visualize what a successful interview would feel like: walking into the room with your head held high, shaking hands with the interviewer, and answering the questions confidently. Actually imagining how successful you’re going to be and what that feels like will boost your confidence.
Use Your Breath:
When we feel nervous or excited our breathing can become shallow so using breathing exercises can help keep your nerves under control. You’ll want to concentrate on breathing slower and taking full, deep breaths. Try breathing in for a count of 4, hold for 2, and breathe out for a count of 4. Breathing exercises are great because you can practice them anywhere and no one will notice. You can do this in your car, the waiting area, or outside the building before you walk into the interview.
Use Positive Affirmations:
Before the interview, take some time to remind yourself that you deserve to be there. The truth is that you wouldn’t have been called in for an interview if you weren’t being seriously considered as a candidate. Using positive affirmations can also help you banish negative thoughts. Repetition is the key here. The more that you repeat your positive affirmations, the more that the brain will listen and believe what you are saying. Spend some time creating positive affirmations that are personal and meaningful to you. Positive affirmations are spoken in the present tense, so make sure to begin your affirmation with, “I am”. To get you started, here are some examples that you may choose to use: ”I am calm and confident; job interviews are easy. I am perfect for this position; I am their ideal candidate. I have all the right qualifications, I am smart, and I am a hard worker.”
Embrace your nerves:
Here’s the thing, everyone feels nervous before an interview. If we can normalize that then we can use our nerves to our advantage. Rather than wanting the anxious feelings to go away, try welcoming them. When you can acknowledge how you are feeling rather than resist or avoid them then you can let the feeling pass. After all, emotions are just energy in motion. Your internal dialogue probably sounds something like this: “Oh my god, I’m feeling so nervous, everyone is going to be able to tell. I need to stop worrying. Aaaaaah.” This type of internal dialogue usually just makes you feel more nervous and anxious. However, there is anotheroption. You can allow yourself to feel the feelings that are coming up and have an internal dialogue that is a little more compassionate. Try something like this: “Oh, hi anxiety. I see you. I feel you. I’m feeling anxious for my interview, and that’s okay.” You probably are also feeling really excited about the interview and the potential of landing your dream job. Allow yourself to be OK with feeling nervous and excited. It might sound counterintuitive, but making peace with your nerves instead of trying to avoid them may help you better understand your anxious feelings and deal with them more effectively.
This blog post first appeared on Actually She Can.