When you prepare for a job interview mental preparation is as important as anything else.
If you come into an interview composed, relaxed and sharp you are more likely to get the job than someone who comes into the interview nervous, tense and fidgety, even if they have a better resume.
Here are 3 ways to mentally prepare for a job interview and increase your chances of getting the position you want.
Get Some Exercise Beforehand
Exercise gets your blood flowing and burns up a lot of anxiety you may be holding. It releases endorphins, which further relieves stress.
Exercise helps relax your muscles and creates more of a sense of aliveness and vitality.
It’ll help you create the impression that you’ll bring a lot of energy to your new job.
Write Down the Hardest to Answer Questions
Create a list of questions that you think would be difficult for you to answer.
For example, if you have gaps in your resume, write down several questions that your interviewer might ask you. If you had a year with mediocre sales results, write down questions that the interviewer might ask about that.
What you want to do is construct the perfect answers to those questions. The idea isn’t to rehearse specific lines, but to mentally get yourself to release whatever insecurities you had about any weaknesses you have.
When you prepare for a job interview verbalize your answers a few times. This practice will help you weed out “wordy” responses and your end result will be answers that are concise and to the point.
Dress sharp and professional for your interview. Look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a nod of approval.
Going into an interview knowing that you look good and look professional can make a big difference on how you hold yourself and present yourself.
Incorporating these tips into your interview preparation will help you be composed, relaxed and sharp during your interview.
Candidates who are in the right frame of mind have a much better chance of getting to the next step in the interview process.
When you are going through interview process, what other ways do you prepare for a job interview?
Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!