Nail the Interview with Help From These 4 Mind Games

June 17, 2014

Career Advice


Have you ever played a mental game with yourself to calm down? You may have tapped your pencil quickly on your desk before an exam, taken deep breaths before a big game during your high school sports team days, or closed your eyes and visualized a naked audience before a big speech. An interview is no different. There are tricks and ticks that can help put you in the right frame of mind.

Mashable wrote a piece recently called 4 Surprising Mental Hacks to Nail Your Next Interview. Here are is a summary of our favorite points from the article:

1. Force yourself to smile.
You’ve heard it before because it’s true — if you force a smile onto your face, you will eventually feel a little happier. And that smile might turn genuine. If you’re smiling, it’s a little hard to feel stressed.

2. Chew gum.
Apparently the chomp-chomp-chomp motion of gum chewing has been proven to have a calming effect. Chewing a stick before your next interview might help you focus on the task at hand. Just be sure to spit it out before the interview begins.

3. Think “challenge” not “threat.” 
Convince yourself that this interview is an exciting challenge you can overcome. This “cognitive reframing” can actually work. Try it!

4. Mirror your interviewer.
During the interview, mirror the body language and tone of the person who’s interviewing you. Duplicate their posture, their gestures, or their volume of voice. It creates a positive energy between the two of you — and they might be more likely to hire you.

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