Earlier this year I got made redundant from my job. I know it wasn’t my fault and there’s nothing I could have done, but I still felt like a failure. My confidence levels were at an all-time low and it showed. For every interview I went to over the next five months, every one of them would say that the credentials were there, but my lack of confidence was something they couldn’t ignore. With each not this time my self-esteem took another hit and lead to countless days sitting on the couch having my own pity party… not applying for jobs.
Eventually I ran out of savings, was unable to pay the rent and relied on my (very sick at the time) boyfriend to foot the all the household bills on a single sickness pension. Things needed to change. I needed to find ways to boost my confidence before a job interview but I wasn’t sure how to do it. I enlisted the help of a business consultant and what she said was surprising. It wasn’t knowing the ins and out of the company you were interviewing with, it was all about finding ways to alter your behavioural patterns and develop a positive attitude. Needless to say, I didn’t have anything to lose so I adopted her quick methods and by the month’s end, I secured a position at the place I work for now. Yay! So what were these tips?
Play Your Jam
You don’t need a scientist to tell you that music is good for your soul and while it might sound a bit silly, listening to a song that’s positive right before an interview makes you feel invincible. It’s a common fact that on the drive to an interview, a lot of thoughts are running through your head like what are they going to ask me? Have I prepared enough? Am I going to find a park and make it there in time? Does this skirt make me look bloated?! All of these thoughts can turn you into a nervous, sweaty mess before you’ve even walked into the building. By playing upbeat music, you block out those fears and find yourself relaxing to the point where you can say I’ve got this!