For most of us, interviews are rarely a walk in the park. They’re indescribably stressful and typically leave us with breakouts and a caffeine headache.
During the days leading up to a big interview,it’s often hard to stay sane and remain positive, but in the end sanity and positivity are key factors in our future success.
If you’re currently stressing about an upcoming interview, take a deep breath and let it out. We’re here to help.
To nail the interview and land the job, we recommend doing these three things: set your intention, believe in your abilities, and take the time to prepare.
Why, you may ask, will these three actions get you the job? Well, if you set an intention to reach your goal, you mentally motivate yourself. If (and only if!) you believe in your abilities, you can convince others of them. And lastly, if you proactively prepare for the interview, you boost your confidence and set yourself up for success.
Leaving the intention-setting and self-love to you, today we’re giving you advice on how to thoroughly and thoughtfully prepare for the make-it-or-break-it interview. Here are five simple ways to prep for the big day.
Know the easy answers
To keep yourself from brain blocks, ums, and ‘I completely forgot to say that’, prep for certain interview questions ahead of time. Make sure you know your personal strengths and weaknesses and where you see yourself in five years.
Other than these consistent need-to-knows, to prepare for the big interview, think about (and write down!) your answers to these questions: Why do you want this particular position at this particular company?
How will you, specifically, benefit the company or department? In what ways, do your past professional or personal experiences prepare you for this job?
Once you have your answers written down on paper, check if you are missing anything or if there is anything that would be useful to add. When you’ve done that, attempt to internalize your answers by reading them out loud multiple times.
Do your research
Interviewers love when you know about the company that you’re stepping into, so do your research. When did the company start? What is their mission? Who is the CEO? Who is interviewing you and what is their background?
Throughout the interview, try to effortlessly drop your newfound knowledge to show that you’ve done your homework.
To further impress your interviewer, be ready to answer the question, “Do you have any questions for me?” It’s almost a guarantee that you’ll be asked this, and it’s never in your favor to say No. That being said, prepare some thoughtful questions before you get there.
Food for the brain
Say no to no food. For the big day, you want your brain running on high performance, not on empty. Food is the fuel your brain needs, so make sure you eat something the day of.
If you don’t like to eat when you’re stressed, we recommend at least having one big glass of water, some carbohydrates (one piece of bread will do), and a little sugar kick (eat that chocolate!).
To insure that you don’t sound tired or tongue tied, get that mouth moving before the interview. Use childhood tongue twisters to loosen up.
Repeat each tongue twister at various speeds with the intention of annunciating each and every sound. Don’t be afraid to dramatically open your mouth and wake up those facial muscles.
If you’re sick of “Peter Piper,” try these fun tongue twisters: “Unique New York,” “A pessimistic pest exists amidst us,” “A loyal warrior will rarely worry why we rule,” and “Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly eerie ear.”
To boost your morale and clear your mind, power pose for 2 minutes right before your interview. Pose, close your eyes and tune into your quiet place. As your stress levels drop and your confidence rises, let all your prior preparation sink into your brain.
Clinical Psychologist Amy Cuddy says that most interviewers are not impressed by the content of the speech but instead the presence that lies beyond the words.
A quick power pose will give you the physiological confidence to exude the “I’m the right fit for the job” presence.
Before your next interview, implement these five simple preparation tips, and you’ll be hired in no time!