How One Small Practice Could Change Your Interview Outcome
Is your attitude in the interview turning potential employers off? Perhaps you’re not even aware of the energy you are giving off when you sit down across from a hiring manager, but it very well could be what’s causing them to take a pass on considering you for the job.
Maybe you’ve been out of work for a considerable amount of time and you’re feeling depressed, maybe you dislike your current position and harbor bitterness and resentment towards the management team, or maybe you’ve been distracted by issues at home and you’re not quite focused on the interview at hand.
Whatever your case may be, there is a practice you can add to your interviewing toolkit that can help you turn your situation around, and that’s the simple art of integrating affirmations into your routine.
What is an affirmation? In its simplicity, Dictionary.com defines and affirmation as ‘the assertion that something exists or is true.’ In their essence, affirmations are scripts or visualizations that allow you to counter the negative impulses inside of yourself and reflect on the positive outcomes you want to project–that you know to be true of yourself.
Sound a little hokey or like some new age hocus pocus? It might feel a little strange or silly at first, but don’t disregard working a few positive affirmations into your routine until you’ve tried it for a few days.
The positive effect of affirmations have been proven by solid medical science, showing that when practiced routinely and with intent, affirmations reinforce a chemical pathway in the brain between two neurons, making the connection stronger and improving the likeliness of the brain to relay the same positive message again.
How do you practice affirmations? Affirmations should be positive and in some cases healing. They should allow you to take personal responsibility of your well being and allow for growth and self-recognition. The most common types of affirmations are “I” statements that start with “I am,” “I can,” and “I will”, which help reinforce self belief. There is also the practice of visualizing your affirmation, focusing in and seeing that which you wish to attain.
In addition to being positive and self-affirming, affirmations should also be stated in the present tense and be concise so that you can focus on the words and the intent behind them.
Every person develops their own system for practicing affirmations. Some people like to write them down on cards and carry them with them to say aloud to themselves in times of anxiety, while other people may like to repeat them in the mirror each morning, or meditate while visualizing their affirmations.
Try creating an affirmation right now such as: I am calm and collected. I deserve this job. I will succeed in showcasing my skills. I can handle any tough questions that come my way.
There is no one right way to reinforce positive notions of yourself, so you should try different methods and see where you derive the most results. For the job interview you may want to practice an affirmation before you leave the house. You could also repeat them just before you go into your potential employers offices or try visualizing your affirmations while you’re waiting to meet your interviewer. If you really want to get in the habit, try practicing an affirmation every time you submit a resume.
The more you continue to practice your affirmations, the more you will release the negative energy that could be holding you back from presenting yourself in the best light in an interview. Try visualizing the career you want right this minute. Imagine what the boss you deserve looks like.
Allow yourself to feel what it’s like to be treated with respect and to take pride in your work. Now take that positive energy and let it manifest from within you during your next job interview. And when you land that job, keep up the affirmations and see how they might steer your entire career trajectory in a whole new direction.
Robin L. Rayburn is the Editor & General Manager of Interviewing.com. Robin was introduced to the recruitment industry in 2007 and her passion for people has never let her stray far from it since. In her spare time she manages her blog, RestlessPillow.com, tweets from @interviewingcom and @chitowntexan, and is always striving to help those around her who have a vision for success. You can also find Robin on LinkedIn and Google+.