You’ve gotten the interview, now what?
We’ve talked about how to get your foot into the door here but that’s just the first part. After you’ve caught their attention through your resume, it’s time to ace that job interview and land that job!
One of our long-time Sharers, Lee McKing is a master of all matters related to…our minds. And he’s kindly allowed us to put up his write-up to help our users and readers impress at their job interviews.
“The New Year just passed and I was pondering what to write for the first blog of 2020
Like, what could signify a fresh start?
A new phase of life?
A total change of pace?
Well, with the possibility between marriage, family and career
I decided to go with career!
Ok ok so yea, not all of you will be interested in a new career or a change in your career
I get it
But hey, if you know anyone who is young, and about to join the workforce
Yet having the jitters and angst with acing that job interview
Then please do share this with them
It might change their life
Let’s start with the basics!
Regardless of which job you are being interviewed for, you probably have to meet them face to face
What does this mean for you?
Dress up and look smart!
Do you know?
A perception of you is formed from the first three seconds of seeing you!
And this first impression goes a long way
Especially if it’s a negative impression
(Hint: cue dating tip)
So even if you already know it (cause some don’t)
Make sure you are prim and proper
With decent clothes that make you look fit for the job
Brush your teeth! And take a breath mint if you need one
Guys, shave your facial hair if you don’t usually keep it
Ladies, put a light touch of makeup when possible
Once you look neat and presentable, do a double take
PS. try not to eat just before the interview
You don’t want a vegetable stuck in your teeth, do you?
Now that the outfit is done, let’s go deeper
In the interview itself, there are a few things going on
Let’s settle your emotions first
A lot of people will probably tell you to breathe, calm down etc
I’m going to give you something more powerful
Essentially, it’s an anchor
An anchor is an external stimulus that invokes an internal response
So what we are going to do right now
Yes right now
Is to give you a confidence anchor
Or an anchor of courage
Whatever and whichever you want is good
So I will now guide you on how to create your anchor of confidence with your own trigger
- First, I want you to decide on your trigger
- tip: your trigger should be something that you can do without anyone realizing, and that it’s uncommon for you to trigger it so that you only use it when you need it
- example: using your right thumb and forefinger to press the soft area in between your left thumb and forefinger OR folding your arms and pressing your right elbow
- Once you decided and practice it a couple of times, I want you to find a memory of when you were most confident (or courageous)
- tip: recall that memory and feel the feelings of confidence, then recall it again and let that confident feeling intensify, then do it once more and proceed to the next step
- recall that memory of confidence and when you feel it reaching its peak, like a 9 out of 10 level of confidence, like spreading to 100% of your body, do or press your trigger
- tip: you can do one more time if you like to ensure you linked the feeling of confidence with the trigger
- finally, calm down and relax and do or press your trigger to see what happens
- tip: you should feel a feeling of confidence spreading throughout your body, however if you found that didn’t happen, take some time and repeat from the beginning
Now you could be thinking, what’s the point of doing all this?
Well, what will happen is this
Whenever you need a confidence boost, trigger your confidence anchor!
You can do this just before the job interview to flush out your fears (if any)
Or you can even do it during the interview (to stand your ground and speak with certainty)
It’s quite versatile really hehe
And of course, whether you are standing or sitting, keep your back straight!
So now you not only look confident, you feel confident too!
During the interview, the interviewer will most likely throw a sudden question
So yea, you could prepare as much as possible for the questions and answers and they can still throw a curveball
Here’s my tip for you when the interviewer throws a curve ball at you
- Ask him or her to clarify the question, as this gives you time to think
- tip: don’t say, “sorry what did you say?”, rather, repeat the question as a way to clarify
- example: “so what do you like to do on the weekend?” – “are you asking what I do on the weekend like how I spend my time?”
- Speak slowly, and pause when necessary
- Understand some questions do not have a right or wrong answer, hence you can answer in a way that covers both options
- tip: don’t do that all the time haha
Combining the presentable dressing, your steady emotions, and having a better understanding of how to handle sudden questions
You’ve done it!
Well, you’ve reached the end of the interview and just got to wait then haha
Is that all McKing?
I got one more powerful technique for you
I saved the best for last
You see, we can cover the looks, the emotions, and the ability to think
All for the interview!
But what if you don’t have an interview to go to?
That’s the last bit I’m going to share in a moment
But first, a story
There was a guy, let’s call him John, who was out of a job
And he was desperately looking for one
He did this technique
To visualize and imagine himself going through an interview and getting the job he wanted
In his visualization, he saw himself talking to a guy with a blue shirt and a red polka dot tie
It was queer
But that was his visualization
Weeks past and he went through many job interviews but none called him back
He was at his wit’s end
Suddenly he had a call
“Hey, is this John? Listen, come down to blah blah right now“
He rushed over via Grab
“John? Head over to that office over there“
He walked to it and knocked on the door
He opened the door and couldn’t help smiling
The guy was wearing a blue shirt and a red polka dot tie
“John? You got the job, I’ll see you next Monday“
This story was shared with me by my trainer, who taught me
And it shows the power of the mind and the Law of Attraction
That’s a whole other topic for another time!
I’ll just share the technique with you first
- Allow yourself to relax and be calm, with the intent to have a job
- See yourself getting the job
- tip: it could be a letter, a face to face, a call, etc whatever comes to mind, let it be
- Enhance the visuals, the sounds, the feelings and emotions
- Do this every day or once every few days
I’ve cut it down to the most basic so that it’s simple and easy to remember
And that’s that
Now you truly have some decent stuff covered and ready for the interview!
And yea, there are probably some other tips that talk about preparing, having enough sleep etc
And you can Google that if you like more tips for clothes, behaviour etc
There are tons out there to be honest
I’ve covered a bit of everything
And specifically more on how hypnosis techniques and the mind can empower you
That’s my main focus 🙂
With that, I hope 2020 will bring you 20 times more happiness, joy, and love
And may you be blessed with a awesome job soon!”
All the best!
A job interview is all about the first impression and how well you can sell yourself. Not only do you have to be prepared internally, it would also be a huge advantage if you are able to make use of body language to convey your messages and also read the room.
Now that you’ve armed yourself with this knowledge, put it to practice to ace that job interview that you’ve gotten!
If you would like to go more in-depth, get on the Kalpha app and meet McKing to talk to him about how you can prepare for your job interview mentally and all other matters related to the mind!
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