When trying to nail an interview at your dream job, being in the right mindset can make all of the difference. People aren’t kidding when they say “it’s all in your head.” Truly, mentally preparing yourself for an interview can mean the difference between getting an offer or not! Follow this advice to get in the right interview mindset!
Complete your research.
Before your interview, it is crucial you arm yourself with the necessary information about the company you are interviewing with. Check out their website and social media pages. Google them to look at other profiles or features the company might be in. Make sure you understand what the company does and what the position entails. Completing this preliminary research will not only show the interviewer that you cared enough to learn about their company, but it will also make you more confident in answering questions.
It is important to rehearse potential interview questions beforehand, but even more important is simply knowing yourself and your skills and being prepared to talk about them. You don’t want to sound canned with scripted answers, but taking a good hard look at yourself and assessing experiences you’ve had- like times you’ve solved a problem or what your biggest weaknesses are- will make you audible ready to speak about yourself when asked in an interview.
If you do the first two steps and have completed your research and prepared to answer questions about yourself, that will help with your confidence level. Confidence is crucial in displaying in an interview that you are the most ideal candidate for the position. Don’t think of just what the job would mean to you, but the asset you would be for their team. Make sure you exhibit confidence (but not overconfidence) in both your verbal and nonverbal communication.
Most importantly, no matter what happens in the interview, stay positive. If one question doesn’t go quite as you would like, don’t give up hope and toss the rest of the interview. Showing you can rebound from one bad answer can demonstrate a lot to the interviewer. Plus, you have no idea what the interviewer is thinking or how other candidates handled a tough question. Stay positive right up to a confident handshake to close the interview; even if you are certain it went poorly, you must not burn any bridges.
You have all of the tools you need to succeed in an interview; the key is to mentally prepare and be in the right mindset to sell yourself and land the job!