Job interviews can be nerve racking – no matter how many of them you’ve attended in your career. Whether this is your first ever job interview, or you are taking a step up into the job of your dreams – carry out the following steps to help you be at your absolute best.
One week before the interview
This is when most of your prep should take place. Make sure you are up to speed by researching the company thoroughly and re-reading the job description. Spend some time considering what you can do personally to help the company achieve their goals.
You should also think about why you want this job – what are your motives? What will make you better at it than anyone else? Once you have a clear understanding of the company, the job description and what you have to offer – you will feel more confident and this will show in the interview.
One day before the interview
The day before your interview think about what you want to wear and pick out an outfit. It may sound superficial, but first impressions are generally visual, so don’t discount the power of a good outfit. Wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable whilst keeping in line with the feel of the company.
The morning of the interview
In the morning take a few minutes to think about a time in your life when you felt incredibly confident and got what you wanted. Remember this feeling and hold it with you all day. It is also an idea to eat some brain food – put down the sugary cereal and eat blueberries, eggs and salmon for breakfast.
An hour before the interview
About an hour before your interview, find something that makes you laugh – whether it’s a funny TV show, clips on YouTube or a funny book. Laughing will encourage the production of endorphins, making you feel calm and happy. Now is also a good time to get inspired – read something that will motivate you or say some positive affirmations.
Five minutes before the interview
When your interview is imminent do some physical movements to help you loosen up – practise some power poses. Finally, before you head in, think about what gives you the utmost pleasure in the world and smile inside and out.
After the interview
Thank the company for meeting with you via email and follow up in a couple of weeks if you haven’t heard anything. You should also celebrate yourself, whether you got it or not – remind yourself that you are worthy and treat yourself to some flowers or a coffee with a friend.
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