Would you like to know the most important key to success in an interview?
So you’ve spent a good amount of time researching the company you’re applying to, practicing interview answers, and preparing questions to ask the interviewer.
Chances are you’re ready to go, but naturally, you’re still feeling nervous. Self-doubt is creeping in and you’re starting to wonder if you will get the job.
You’re not alone in your interview anxiety. It happens to even the most qualified and prepared job candidates.
Let me tell you the secret to success most people overlook during their job interview preparation. It’s about developing a positive mindset for your interview.
People with a positive attitude toward the job search process are more likely to find employment.
Employers want to hire candidates who exude positivity. And to radiate positivity, you need to think positive thoughts and feel positive.
Let’s take a look at a few secrets for getting into a positive interview mindset.
How to Mentally Prepare for a Job Interview
1. Read Positive Affirmations to Boost Your Self-Esteem
Research shows that positive affirmations have a strong impact on the brain’s reward system.
Repeating affirmations can create pathways in the brain wired towards positivity. You’ll have positive thoughts and feel positive, rewarding emotions.
Try reading the following statements out loud:
- I am capable, calm, and confident.
- My positive energy is contagious.
- I am well qualified; the company will love to have me on their team.
- This interview is an opportunity to express myself; I am proud of who I am.
- I am worthy of finding my dream job; the perfect position will come my way.
Repeat these affirmations many times before your interview to improve your interview mentality.
2. Recognize Cognitive Distortions
Cognitive distortions are recurrent ways of thinking that are often false or negatively biased. These distortions lead you to interpret situations in a negative way.
When interviewing for a job, it’s easy to fall into the trap of a cognitive distortion called “all-or-nothing” thinking.
All-or-nothing thinking involves thinking in extremes. You view yourself as a success or a failure based on your performance in the interview. Your performance was either perfect or terrible.
Don’t fall into the trap of this type of thinking! The truth is, you’re never guaranteed to get a job, even if you did your best. But you will still learn plenty from the interview. You will gain valuable interview experience which will help you with your next interview.
See interviewing as a learning opportunity rather than success or failure. Going into the interview with this mindset will help you stay calm.
3. Recognize Your Self-Worth
Your self-worth is not based on how you perform in the interview.
A lot of people place their entire worth on their job. They identify themselves by their job title. They work overtime. They sacrifice time with their family because they believe their value is found completely in their career.
Yes, your work is important, but you have many other qualities that make you worthy.
Write out a list of qualities you like about yourself that aren’t work-related. Think about the roles you play in your life (e.g., mother, daughter, wife, friend).
Consider the meaning you get from your relationships, and how much value you contribute to others’ lives.
You’ll realize there is much more to life than work, and this interview is only a small part of a much larger story.
4. Visualize Success
Visualizing success can build up your confidence and reduce your anxiety.
In one study, Olympic track and field athletes who used visualization demonstrated more successful performance.
Get into a comfortable position, either lying down or sitting in a cozy spot.
Imagine yourself walking into the waiting room for your interview. Notice any sights or sounds you might hear in the room.
The interviewer walks into the room. You smile wide, radiating positivity. You think to yourself, “I am the candidate they’ve been looking for.”
You walk into the interview room. You tell yourself, “I am well prepared to express myself during this conversation.”
Imagine the questions you might be asked. You answer the questions with confidence and a thoughtful, positive attitude.
As the interview ends, you say to yourself, “I did my best and my best is good enough.”
You might also think, “Maybe this job isn’t the right one for me.” Not every job is a good fit. And that’s okay — the right job will come along!
As you practice visualization, try running through different situations in your mind. Think of situations that have caused anxiety for you in the past, such as not having an answer for an interview question.
Mentally rehearse ways to respond to challenges. You’ll feel more prepared and confident going into the interview.
5. Dress for Success!
Okay, you’ve heard this one before. But I’ll say it again — planning your outfit is such an important part of your job interview preparation.
A professional outfit is a great way to make a good first impression and more.
Choosing the right outfit allows you to express yourself. Your outfit is key to helping you feel comfortable and confident!
Choose something that makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Yes, it should be professional, but don’t be afraid to add an accessory or a small detail that speaks to your personality.
If you’re not used to wearing a suit or a skirt, don’t wear one for your interview. If you don’t feel comfortable in your outfit, it will impact your confidence.
There shouldn’t be anything holding you back — you’ve gotta look and feel your best! It will help you get into a positive mindset and nail your interview.
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Why a Positive Mindset is Key to Interview Success
Growing your mindset is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
When you work on your mindset, you’re not only setting yourself up for interview success. You also gain self-confidence and self-respect in all other areas of your life.
Don’t overlook the importance of mentally preparing for your job interview. The results of growing a positive mindset are life-changing.
Good luck, you’ve got this!