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What’s the biggest interview killer for PR pros?

04 Nov 2015 by Sarah Leembruggen.

So how can you go into an interview with a mindset that isn’t going to fall victim to unhelpful thinking and hamper your chances of success?  Try these techniques:

Have a positive vision

The power of thought it a mighty tool that is continually shaping outcomes in your life.  The shaping is usually a subconscious process but it is possible to make it a conscious one.  So picture yourself making a good impression at the interview and getting the job.  Make your vision as detailed as possible.  Explore how you will feel when you get the job and how it will affect the course of your life.  By getting into the habit of visualising only favourable situations, you will start to turn your mind towards the positive and enhance your chances of achieving your goals.

Transform the way your mind thinks

It’s all too easy to put yourself down in your thoughts and allow words such ‘stupid’, ‘useless’, ‘hopeless’ and ‘pointless’ to slip in.  Use positive words when you are talking to others and to yourself.  Obviously this requires work, so when you become aware of a negative thought entering your mind, replace it with a positive one.  If the negative thought comes back, replace it again.  A persistent approach will eventually teach your mind to think positively.

Create your own affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation, event, habit, or goal. When you repeat these positive statements often, mentally or aloud, they engrave themselves on the subconscious mind.  This transforms the way you think, your habits and attitude, and helps you create an incredibly positive impression and achieve success.

For an interview, a good affirmation might be, ‘I have secured this amazing job and I’m really excited about starting with the company.’

Eliminate nonchalance

Many times, you can go along to an interview telling yourself that you’re perfectly content in your current role, you don’t hate it so it doesn't matter if you don’t get it. However this kind of laissez faire approach is going to do you no favours in the interview. Your nonchalance will be spotted in your body language or your tone of voice.  The same thing happens when you go in telling yourself that you probably won't get the job.  Studies show that as much as 80% of the outcome of an interview is based around non-verbal communication, so however well you think you are masking what is going on inside your head, you will be showing it in some way, and an interviewer will pick up on that.  The right mindset is absolutely key.  Go in with confidence, enthusiasm and a positive frame of mind, and all of this will exude from you.  So the next time you find yourself saying that it doesn't matter if you don't get the job, stop yourself in your tracks.  Replace the thought immediately; throw yourself into it mentally, be the champion you want to be and see the difference.

If you can’t picture yourself in your own mind being extremely successful, getting to the top of your game, achieving your ambitions and goals, then chances are you never will.  

How do you prepare yourself mentally for an interview?  We’d love to hear.

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