Interviews Are Easy-Peasy
Most people would disagree with the statement that interviews are easy.
I remember someone in the audience at a talk I gave recently who reacted quite aggressively to this suggestion. After all, if he had struggled with interviews his entire adult life, who am I to come along and suggest that he had been making a meal of it?
So who is right? Are interviews easy or are they difficult? Well, at the risk of sounding glib, they are whatever YOU think they are. If you think interviews are difficult then, to you, they will be. If, however, you see them as an exciting challenge then that’s what they are for you. That’s the power of our thinking.
When I coach candidates around interviews I often feel that they are looking for me to give them a sophisticated solution to a complicated problem. The truth is that an interview is not a complicated problem at all.
Take a Step Back
Let’s take a step back and ask ourselves what is an interview? It’s a conversation with someone where you can talk about a subject in which you are undoubtedly the world expert – you! No-one else knows as much about you as you do. You are the expert. As soon as you start to see interviews like this, it all starts to get a whole lot easier.
The Power of Our Thinking
What else can you do? Let’s go back to the power of our thinking. In my experience, candidates are often flooding their mind with negative and irrational thoughts which are going unchallenged – ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘I don’t know enough’, ‘Why would they want me?’ Start challenging your negative thinking and instead flood your mind with positive thoughts that are based in reality.
For example, many candidates tell themselves ‘I must get this job!’, but why must they? What would happen if they don’t get the job? I suspect life will go on. Thinking this way will certainly add unnecessary pressure. Another classic is to think that you are not good enough for the role and fear that you will be exposed in the interview room. Again, is this true? Well blatantly not! You would not have been invited to an interview if they didn’t believe that you could do the job. They wouldn’t waste their time and energy even talking to you. No-one asks a candidate to interview because they think they are bad and incapable of carrying out the role they are interviewing for.
Just a Conversation
So in summary tell yourself that it’s just a conversation, that you ARE good enough to do the job, and that the interviewer is really hoping he or she can hire you. Start to take control of your thinking in this way, think positively, and your interviews will be something that you genuinely look forward to and ultimately perform better in; something that is of benefit to both you and your interviewer.