These days, employers conduct interviews in a variety of ways, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it’s had on the employment marketplace and the job market.
They could conduct virtual interviews, or they opt instead for video interviews. And despite the pandemic, there are some organizations that are still conducting in-person interviews on company premises.
Regardless of the type of interview in which you participate, it can still be a daunting and intimidating experience. In fact, interviews can be downright stressful, and not being able to handle that stress can prove detrimental to your performance.
While it is true that stress, when properly channeled, can help you to focus better during an interview, not all people are able to function at a high level within a stressful situation. This is why if you want to perform well during an interview, then you must create a less stressful situation. At the very least, you must create such a situation inside of your own mind.
This is where “visualizing” your interview can help.
What does this mean, exactly? It’s rather simple: you’re visualizing your interview success before it even happens. This is a step beyond just having confidence, although having confidence is definitely important in terms of experiencing success.
Basically, if you’re able to see yourself being successful before it even happens, then you will expect to experience that success. You will have a positive expectation of good, and when you expect good things to happen, you increase the chances that good things will happen. (This is the classic “self-fulfilling prophecy.”)
Different people use different visualization techniques, depending upon their preferences and what works best for them. The next question that you might be asking is, “What are the things that I should be visualizing about?” Some of these things include the following:
- Visualizing how you’d like the ideal interview to unfold
- Visualizing a past interview or meeting that went extremely well
- Visualizing a relaxing location or setting
And the next question you might be asking is, “What are the things I can do to visualize my interview success more easily?” Below are a few tips for doing just that:
- Find a quiet place. This is a place where you are not likely to be disturbed.
- Clear your mind of anything that’s not related to your visualization of the interview.
- Sit, but you can also lie down, if you believe that will help you.
- Inhale slowly and pause before exhaling on each breath.
- Repeat your visualization over and over until you feel comfortable and more confident.
Visualizing your interview success is like anything else. The more you practice, the better you’ll get at it, and the more quickly you’ll be able to grow your career.
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