You want the job, yet there's a war going on inside your head. There's one voice that says, "Of course you'll get it. You're so qualified, you have a great resume and you were born ready for this job. They can't not love you!"
Another voice says, "Who do you think you're kidding? There are those who are younger, smarter, with better resumes, better connections…"
So what can you do? By following these simple steps in your interview preparation process, you will land the job you desire.
Step 1: One week before your interview
The more prepared you are the more confident you will feel, so take the time to do the following:
1. Read about the person interviewing you and the company, even if you did that already. It will help you be more comfortable going in.
2. Read the job description again so you understand exactly what they are looking for.
3. Spend a few moments asking yourself this question:
"How can I help them achieve their goals for the company?"
For example: "I can help your firm increase its client base because of my sales experience combined with my natural charisma."
Next, it's important to do some unconventional thinking.
4. Think about why exactly you want this job.
When you are clear going in about the company, what you have specifically to offer, what the job description is and why you want this job, you will be more confident and it will show during your interview.
Step 2: One day before the interview
Pick out what you will be wearing in its entirety so it's a non-issue the day of your interview.
Step 3: The morning of the interview
1. Think about a time in your life when you felt confident and got what you wanted. This might be something like:
I answered a question in college and the professor praised me in front of the class and it felt amazing.
I did a great job as a camp counselor and the kids and parents praised me.
Think of anything that brings up a memory of feeling successful no matter how minor.
2. Feel that emotion going to the interview. It’s all you need to do – you already prepared last week with the details.
3. Be early.
Step 4: An hour before the interview
1. Laugh. Watch funny vines or whatever gets you going.
2. Be inspired. Read spiritual, inspirational material. You do your best at the time, and if you get the job or don't get the job then that's what was supposed to happen. It really is not the last job on the planet, although it may seem so at times. You create your life.
Step 5: With minutes to go before the interview
Think of what brings you the utmost pleasure in the world, and smile inside.