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Job Interview Confidence – How to “think yourself” into the job?

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Did you know that getting a job offer is more dependent on what your attitude than on your work experience?

Job interview confidence is a critical factor.

Research has shown that what’s going through our mind directly impacts our performance. Job-hunting is a competition. Just as you’d psyche yourself up for competing in the Olympics, so you need to work on your state of mind before you enter the interview arena.

What you’re thinking can sabotage your job interview performance.

Having a positive mental attitude can get you the job offer over more qualified candidates.

To prove how much positive thinking affects your body and mind, try this quick exercise.

Sitting in a chair, say out loud the words “tired, weak, tired, weak, tired, weak.” As you keep repeating them, try to stand up. Notice how that felt.

Repeat the exercise, this time saying “powerful, strong, powerful, strong, powerful, strong.” Try to stand up. Notice how you almost jump out of the chair.

So what was the difference?

Job Interview Confidence   How to think yourself into the job?

What you were thinking affected your performance. And that applies to any activity we undertake. If we expect to find it difficult, we will. If we expect to find it easy and to excel at it, we are more likely to succeed.

So if you go to a job interview whilst feeling confused, frustrated and fed up, thinking that you’re not good enough for the job and not feeling confident, then it will reflect in what you say and will reduce your chances of getting the job.

Most of us have a “critic on the shoulder” who does a running commentary, telling us we won’t succeed. The best way to tackle this for a job interview is to address your job-hunting worries.

Which of the following common job-hunting worries or fears do you have?

Fear of rejection or failure Fear of being interviewed Worry about change; about leaving your comfort zone Worry about the competition in the selection process Worrying that you’re not good enough to get the job you want Worried about your boss finding out, before you’ve got a new job

What else are you worried about?

Look objectively at your worries.

Imagine you could step outside yourself and give yourself impartial advice.

What actions could you take to reduce your worries?

If you don’t have any job hunting nerves, then you are lucky. Most people get stressed about looking for a new job – and it’s understandable.

Changing your employer is about breaking out of old routines and comfortable patterns. No matter how much we like or dislike our current position, it’s familiar and known. We know the culture, we know the systems, the people, we know our responsibilities and we know how things work.

Sometimes, if we don’t have a job, then every application seems like the last chance to get food on the table and prove our self-worth. Thinking like this reduces our likelihood of success.

The key to a job-winning interview is your confidence and self-belief.

What we believe about our abilities either limits or empowers us. You need to reduce the power your worries have over you and be able to be enthusiastic about your achievements.

So What Can You Do About It?

Start by sitting up straight and smiling.

Yes, smiling!

Scientists have proven that if we smile or laugh for more than a few minutes, it sends signals to our brains to release the endorphins in our bodies that occur naturally when we are happy. It lifts our mood.

Then think about whether you would rather have peace and quiet to start preparing your job application, or whether you would like to play some of your favourite music. Do whatever you need to, to make sure you are feeling calm, confident and smiling. If you’re in a good mood, it will show, whether you’re making a research phone call or preparing for tricky interview questions.