he Job Interiew Pep Talk:
How to Psych Yourself Up Before the Big
So you've decided to take the plunge and start hunting for a
new job. This takes courage, so congratulations on being
willing to step out there! One of the next hurdles in
navigating your personal career path is the job interview.
Maybe interviews are old hat for you; maybe you're fresh out
of school and are just learning the protocol. Either way,
consider this article a mini refresher course and pep talk
to get you going! Below are a few thoughts to file under
"Why I Don't Need to be Nervous on Interview Day."
Reason 1: I am not desperate for this job.
Many people approach the job interview with the mindset of
"I MUST land this job or else." This is a nice way to push
the Instant Panic button and set yourself up to fail. The
fact is, you have no idea what the job entails, what your
future boss will be like or whether this company has
anything to offer you. It may be the career opportunity of a
lifetime, but it may not be, and you won't know for sure
until you get there. So ditch the desperation, take a deep
breath, and just feel honored that someone liked your career
profile enough to pick you over the next candidate. It's
looking good for you so far.
Reason 2: I have other options.
Sometimes we have a tendency to jump at the first hint of a
new job on the horizon. "Someone wants to hire me... I'd
better take it before my options dry up!" Remember that if
you don't get chosen (or decide to accept) this job, chances
are slim to none that you'll end up destitute. There are
tons of jobs available on the major job sites like
Monster.com. Keep your eyes pealed for new job postings in
the local and nearby metropolitan newspapers. You can also
find part-time income or freelance work by combing the
internet classifieds - try Craigslist.org. And if you're in
a layoff situation, you likely have some severance or
unemployment to tide you over in the job search interim. So
relax. Everything is going to be okay. Know you can and will
find something that works for you.
Reason 3: I want to make sure the company is good enough
How many people do you think approach their interviews with
an attitude of, "Is this company worthy of my caliber of
work?" and "Is this position a fit for me?" These are
legitimate questions and things to consider. However, watch
out that the scales don't dip too far to this side. You may
honestly be wondering if this company deserves your talent
and dedication. But don't let arrogance rear its ugly head
during your interview. Stay down to earth, be gracious,
answer questions as honestly and objectively as you can.
Speak highly of your achievements but without being
condescending! Be grateful for the chance to sell yourself
and balance that with the intent to determine if this
company and position is a fit for you.
Reason 4: I have something to offer.
If you're in a cutting edge field (like technology) or at a
highly advanced skill level, realize what a hot commodity
you are right now. To help you validate this point, do a
little research of the job market. Try some creative career
mind benders where you take stock of all your skills and
then write down areas where they can be put to productive
use. Then, instead of being nervous about the possibility of
rejection, approach with an attitude of, "How can I present
myself in the best possible light? What strategy can I take
to ensure I get the salary I desire?"
Once you realize that a job interview is nothing to get
worked up over, cement your self-confidence and develop a
"go get 'em!" approach. Do a personal assessment of
everything you've accomplished over the course of your
career to date. Even if you're new to the workforce and have
only an internship to work with, make the most of what you
do have. Go over those letters of recommendation to see what
you can include in your resume and mention in the interview.
Count any and all awards you have received. Dredge up old
thank-you notes that clients may have sent.
Bonus prep tip: Pull out those old files and take a
look at your work performance reviews from the past. Where
do you excel? Which areas are your strongest? Make a mental
note of these, then practice how you will work this
information into whatever questions you are asked in the
interview. Remember, it is okay to answer an interview
question in a way that reflects your best qualities, as long
as you are still being honest.
Now - are you ready to knock their socks off with your
tireless work ethic, great attitude, talent, skills and
perseverance? I know you can do this. It's an interview -
it's no big deal. Now go out there and take the professional
world by storm!
Copyright 2007 Hallie Crawford and Authentically Speaking.
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