It has been reported that in the lead up to big games, pro athletes usually visualize success, double-check their equipment and tools or listen to their favorite songs on their headphones – all before facing competition.
The final minutes before you leave your house for that big job interview might not contain this same level of intensity, however, mental preparation can still mean the difference between getting the job and defeat (back to the job hunt).
Here are a few tips to apply as you prepare for your big day:
- Get your outfit in order and give yourself more travel time than you think you might need. Consider traffic, car trouble, rainfall and other unforeseen events that can delay your movement.
- Visualize the interview. Picture yourself as ready, poised, confident, articulate and relaxed.
- Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses and also practice how you will articulate and present them.
- Write out answers to some of the questions you really don’t want to be asked. This will help alleviate your anxiety and keep you calm.
- Don’t assume the interviewer has ulterior motives. Be open and be free to ask your own questions.