A lot of people will agree that being interviewed for a job or even for an internship is nerve-wracking. There are many different things that go into succeeding in an interview. The first thing you need to do is prepare. Preparing for an interview will ensure that you are in the best possible mindset for the job. If you are not prepared, it can be the end of your interview, not to mention a job offer.
Most people make the mistake of thinking that just because they have a degree or work experience, they will have an easy time with their interview. This could not be further from the truth. There are many different things that go into interviewing, and you should not be careless with this opportunity. The key to success is the mindset you take before and during the interview. It’s the attitude you carry that will make or break your interview. This blog provides some valuable mental techniques that job seekers can apply to have a successful interview.
The Importance of Having the Right Mindset for an Interview
Having an upcoming job interview is already a stressful situation in itself. A lot can be riding on the interview, and this causes a lot of people to feel anxious and nervous. Of course, we can’t blame them. An interview is a competition and it has no second prize. You have to be your best if you want to get chosen. This mindset causes pressure, and pressure can cost you your interview success. This is why having the right mindset is very important for an interview.
You should also do your best to approach the interview with a positive mindset. This will help you to perform at your very best during the interview.
How to Create the Right Interview Mindset
Now you know you've got to have the right mindset. However, you’re not quite sure where to start, and how to do it. Here are a few ways to ensure you are psychologically prepared for your job interview.
Prepare everything you’ll need
This goes without saying, but coming unprepared will just add to the pressure and stress that you’re feeling. There are fewer chances of you messing it up if you go prepared. In fact, being well-prepared will enable you to perform at your very best during the interview.
Here are a few ways to do that:
- Research the company. Learn more about their mission and values. Let them know you took the time and effort to learn more about them.
- Review the job description. Make sure your resume is aligned with the skills they’re truly looking for. Writing a functional resume can help you mask gaps in employment and will highlight your skills and core competencies instead.
- Practice answering questions. Look for some generic interview questions and have a friend conduct a mock interview with you. Practice makes perfect!
- Prepare your documents. These ATS resume templates can help you prepare all the priority documents in one. Not only do they guide you on writing your resume, but they include a cover letter and reference page, too.
- Dress appropriately. Follow the proper dress code when going in for an interview. Formal attire should be impeccable and professional.
Don’t downplay your self-esteem
Are you familiar with imposter syndrome? It is an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. Maybe imposter syndrome is contributing to the stress and pressure that you feel right now. And maybe, it’s also what makes you feel that you aren’t good enough for this interview.
This kind of mentality will only crush you and won't do you any help. Stop comparing yourself to others. Remind yourself of that you are unique and worthy – and take that self-belief into your job interview. Remember to see yourself as worthy of this job. Be confident in your talents and experience. Acknowledge that they make you a valuable asset to the company.
This technique is also known as “mental rehearsal” and is a powerful psychological strategy that is often used by athletes and performers. What you want to do is to create a mental image of you being in your interview, performing well, and getting the job offer. Picture yourself working in the company and bringing in great results, and feeling good afterwards. Imagine what success feels like.
Refrain from rehearsing something negative and just keep sticking to the positive side. If done properly, your brain will react as though you have really had these positive interview experiences. This will then lead to less stress and more confidence.
Have a growth mindset
Having a growth mindset means you focus more on what steps to take for you to improve, rather than sulking on what you’re doing wrong. Avoid preserving your ego too much, and instead, place your energy on progress. This will help make both the preparation and your performance a lot easier.
This means, constantly refining your skills instead of relying on what has helped you so far. Ask your friends or family to help you practice interviewing and seek out feedback. You’ll then know which points you can still improve. Always focus more on the process, rather than the outcome.
Do not underestimate the power of a positive mindset in a job interview. The right mindset requires you to recognize your value and believe in yourself and your ability to succeed. The fact that you’re reading this right now probably means you have an upcoming interview, don’t you? That’s already a big step. Well done! Now all you have to do is focus on the interview, follow the tips we’ve discussed and be ready to prove what you have to offer.
By Amelia Garcia, Recruitment Officer, and a freelance writer.