you feeling anxious before your interview?
HOW YOUR FEARS CAN AFFECT YOUR PERFORMANCE
interviewer, in all probability, has only limited time to spend
with you and form an opinion about you. Remember, there are
likely to be many other candidates, and it is up to you to ensure
that the interviewer chooses you for the job from the long list
word you say, every action of yours is part of the process of
communicating about yourself. During the interview, spend more
time projecting your strengths and try to minimise your weaknesses.
It is very important not to dwell too long on the negative –
on fear and past failures – as negative thinking will
lead to negative action… A DEAD GIVEAWAY during any interview.
of us has many tools that help us during our job search. The
right qualifications, work experience and capabilities are just
not enough. Your belief cycle, too, is a tool that reflects
your win attitude…
below are two belief cycles; choose the one YOU think will work
if you have experienced failure in the past, which has eroded
your self-confidence, you have to learn to overcome it.
that failure was under certain circumstances. Today you can
learn from your past so that you can taste success in
image you carry about yourself is affected by past experiences.
Instead of living in the past learn to rewrite the beliefs
need to unlearn your past habits and acquire new ones
that reinforce a positive self-esteem.
you think you can…..you can
you think you cannot….. you cannot
NEGATIVE BELIEF CYCLE
Here are two sample cases to show how these belief cycles
was very tense as he entered the interview room. He managed
to greet the employer as planned. He was then invited to take
a seat. Being very nervous, he was not careful and soon he dropped
his file containing his certificates. The next few minutes were
spent gathering the certificates and trying to arrange them.
Rajesh was very upset. The interviewer made an effort to ease
the situation. Unfortunately, Rajesh kept thinking only about
the incident and how he had made a fool of himself. He was so
upset that he could not collect his thoughts and was hesitant
with his answers. There were nine more candidates in line. It
did not take the interviewer long to reject the rattled Rajesh.
had no one to blame for blowing the interview. He was in no
frame of mind to realise that it was anxiety that made him so
nervous and that he should have tried to control his emotions.
The incident only added to his high stress levels and affected
his performance. Rajesh was further convinced that he was not
going to do well in further interviews. He wondered if he would
get a job at all.
was nervous about the interview. Her dad, who realised that
she was tense, encouraged her to think positive (and to have
a good night’s sleep). He told her that it was important for
her to consider the interview as only the beginning of her job
search. He told her to face the interview as an opportunity
to project her strengths. He persuaded Priya to give of her
best in spite of her nervousness.
her interview, Priya made an effort to smile at the interviewer,
took time to reflect on the questions before answering. Her
body language also reflected a poised, calm demeanor. When the
stress interview began, she was not easily rattled. Her positive
thinking enabled her to think clearly and be effective.
in turn, reflected in her body language. The interviewer picked
up the positive traits and in return responded more positively.
A smile when a correct answer was given added to her confidence.
Priya left the room with the feeling that she had given of her
best and waited eagerly for the results.
now tell me, which is the cycle that you plan to adopt for yourself?
The positive cycle is the one that will work for you…Only positive
thoughts will lead to positive actions.
team at career enrich hopes that this article provokes you in having
a positive outlook to life which in turn will definitely help you
get the right job.