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Looking for ways in how to be confident in your next interview?

Watch this video, OR keep reading below, to learn how you can apply psychology and neurochemistry to BOOST your confidence in your interviews!

1.Cognitive Reconstruction

Cognitive reconstruction is a common technique used in one form of therapy known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, AKA (CBT). Over the last few decades, CBT has been proven affective in increasing self-confidence.

One goal of using CBT is to modify your disabling thought patterns and replace them with functional, healthy thinking patterns.

Now the only limitation to this is that I don’t have the opportunity to hear what negative thoughts you have, or how long you have had them.  For instance, have you had negative thoughts since you were 10 years old or did they only surface once you knew you were going to have to start interviewing?

The truth is, that depending on personality traits and the severity of, lets just say negative thoughts, the time in which you receive the beneficial outcome could vary.  That is, for some it may take longer than others.

But here is how you can work on thought reconstruction before your interview:

Every time you notice you have a disabling/negative thought, you can replace them by asking questions and or recalling and affirming your past accomplishments.

EXAMPLE

Negative thought = “I doubt I’ll get the job. Everyone else they are interviewing is probably more qualified than me.”

QUESTIONS

How else can I think about this to make me feel better?

Asking this question made me see that if I didn’t get the job, that just meant that working for that organization in that position, was not meant to be apart of my journey and that there is a better fit for me.

AFFIRMATIONS

Recall prior accomplishments

Recall your personal strengths

During the time, it also helped to remind myself that I have received many job offers without obtaining the experience that was required.

2.Mindful Meditation

IF you don’t know, mindfulness is a type of meditation where you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpreting or judging what it means.

Putting mindfulness into practice involves breathing methods, guided imagery, to name a few, so that you can relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

According to positive psychologist Shawn Achor, you can experience a boost of happiness and a decrease in stress by letting yourself sit in silence for as little as five minutes.

To practice mindful meditation, all you have to do is take 5 minutes each day and focus on your breathing going in and out.  While doing this, you must remain patient, and if you catch your thoughts drifting about anything else other than breathing, just simply shift your focus back to breathing in and out.

3.Listen to Music Before Your Interview

Research shows that music’s ability to improve your mood is biochemical.  This means that music induces feel good hormones in your body such as dopamine, oxytocin, and reduces stress hormones such as cortisol.

Canadian researcher Robert Zatorre is someone who studied people’s emotional reactions to music for years.  He found that bodies dump dopamine into a specific part of their brain.

One way you can take advantage of this is listening, and even singing to, your favorite song on the way to your interview.

4.Prepare and Rehearse

Prepare by rehearsing typical interview questions like, “Tell me about yourself” which I go over in this video here:

You want to feel comfortable with how you articulate your answers to the person who is interviewing you, so I strongly suggest running through a few mock interviews with a friend, family member, significant other, or even a career coach.

5.Dress Attire

It’s no secret that when we know we look good, we feel good, and this will show through your energy.

Although it’s suggested you dress in professional attire, it’s even more important that you feel comfortable in the professional attire that you will wear.  

For example, if you’re not accustomed to wearing high heels, swap them out for a nice pair of  professional, classy set of dressy flats.

This also applies to your blouse, blouse, pants, and your dress

And there you have it!

Five tips that have been proven effective to increase confidence that you can run away with as you prepare for your interview!