When a sportsperson has a big match or game to win, they get prepared — not just physically, but mentally too.
Take Mo Farah; it’s been reported that in the early days, he would nervously look at the competition and resign himself to third or fourth before the race even got started. When he changed his mindset and stopped mentally putting himself out of the race, he started to win.
The same can happen at interviews. Have you been in the waiting room and put yourself out of the race before the interview even started? Looking around the room at the competition can be daunting, but if you mentally prepare yourself beforehand and become an informed candidate, you won’t even notice who else is there. The key is to remain focused on winning. Look at the interview as if you’re Mo Farah preparing for a race, and you’re in it to win it.
One of the ways you can prepare to win in any situation, including in an interview, is to use positive affirmations.
Positive affirmations are specific statements that you repetitively say to yourself to help you focus, and banish negative thoughts in the process. Positive affirmations are spoken in the present tense, for example, “I am successful” not “I will be successful” because that suggests that you’re not currently successful.
Repetition is the mother of learning, and that especially goes for the brain — the more you repeat your positive affirmations, the more the brain believes nothing else.
Just like winning sports stars, you have to get into the habit of repeating your positive affirmation or affirmations every day.
Here are 5 positive affirmations to help you smash that job interview:
- I am calm and confident; job interviews are easy.
- I am perfect for this position; I am their ideal candidate.
- I love job interviews, and my energy is contagious.
- I impress interviewers; I stand out above the rest.
- I am an excellent candidate, and I exude capability.
Remember — you’re in it to win it!