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10 Things to Say to Yourself Before an Interview

Interviews can be scary, but if you come prepared and relaxed you can shrug any insecurity away. Before you go in for your big interview, there are some things you should say to yourself. These will give you motivation, refresh your mind and build up the energy and confidence you need to ace the interview.

1. “Why am I interviewing for this job?”
This will remind you of the motivations you have and why this job can fulfill your career aspirations. Think what it is about this position that makes you want to take it. What is it about the job that makes you think you’re the best person to fulfill it? Go over why you want to take the job as well. Chances are the interviewer is going to ask you that anyways.

2. The question that keeps a lot of people off guard is, “What are your shortcomings?”
The interviewer will probably ask about your weaknesses. Go over that answer before the interview to avoid a long awkward pause. Try to give the response a positive spin by telling them how you are improving upon this.

3. If this isn’t your very first job interview, then tell yourself that you’ve done this before. Every interview you have may feel like it’s your first because you are still unable to predict what kind of questions and what kind of people you’ll be interviewing with. Put all of those questions aside and remind yourself that you’ve done this before, you survived it and you’ll live through this one as well.

4.”I can do this” are the words that will boost your confidence. The last thing you want to do is go into the interview already thinking you’re not going to get the job. Never set yourself up for a loss when you can always set yourself up for success.

5. “I have to be me.”
Make sure your personality shines through. Before the interview, don’t think about presenting yourself as someone you aren’t. One of the best feelings is finding someone that accepts you for exactly who you are. You can’t achieve that if you come off as someone you’re not just because you want the job. It won’t be worth it in the end.

6. “Smile, give a firm handshake and stay calm.”
Remind yourself to give a firm handshake and a big smile. A smile will boost your happiness and show your eagerness. Also, remind yourself to make solid eye contact with the interviewer. All of these body language cues will lead the interviewer to see you as a more approachable candidate.

7. “It’s game time, time to bring it home.”
This is a good old baseball reference to encourage you to get into the game and to hit it out of the ballpark.

8. “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
Those are famous motivational words by Thomas Jefferson. A lot of people have role models and people they look up to for motivation and inspiration. Have some quotes to live by and they’ll help you get ready to take on anything.

9. “This is just one more step towards what I want.”
Don’t think of the interview as the top of the mountain. Instead, think of it as a stepping stone on your way to the top. This will ease off some of the pressure you may be feeling. Think beyond the interview and look at your future. How is this interview helping you get to where you want to be?

10. “Remember to breathe.”
Be calm and collected. Be at ease with yourself and you’ll ease through the interview. All of that research and preparation you did can get jumbled up in your head if you’re nervous. You may forget it all in a fit of nervousness and feel defeated. As long as you pause to breathe and calm yourself, all of that preparation will show.

SOURCE: Career Success
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Hanna Guerrero

Hannah is an intern writer here at Spark Hire. She is from the northern suburbs in Chicago and is currently studying journalism at DePaul University. She has always had a passion for writing which is why Journalism has proven to be the perfect career for her. She has written for the DePaulia Online on various topics such as fashion, music, movies and television. She loves living in Chicago because it offers exciting events to write stories on. In her free time she enjoys going to music concerts, watching movies with friends, cooking vegetarian food and walking her adorable Cocker Spaniel Coco.

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