Posted August 01, 2013 by

5-Step “Workout” to Ace the Job Interview

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Many job seekers believe that all it takes for a successful job interview is to:

Arrive early
Dress appropriately
Memorize the company mission statement
Listen carefully
Communicate clearly.

But it’s not—enough, that is. There is so much more to a great job interview than these obvious points, important as they are. If you wish to overcome the opposition, stand out in the crowd of job seekers, and win the attention of the person who can help you get the job, then it’s essential that you do some mental exercises before you walk into the hiring manager’s office.

One of the biggest obstacles you’re likely to face is your mind—that part of you that shouts defeating statements such as “You’re not the right one for this job and you know it” or “What are you thinking? You’re a small fish in a big pond.”

If you buy into this thinking, make no mistake; a hiring manager will be able to tell at a glance––before you even say a word––whether or not you’re someone who can fill the position. Therefore, take time to spend a few minutes each day during the week before the interview doing a complete mental workout.

High Five!

Prepare yourself by doing the following ‘high five.’

#1 Breathe deeply:  Sit quietly for five minutes and take deep conscious breaths, thinking encouraging thoughts about yourself and the interview. Notice how your mind relaxes and your pulse rate slows.

#2 Lunge forward:  Move your mind in a positive direction. Review your best traits: problem solving, organizational skills, leadership, and compatibility.

#3 Push up:  Repeat affirmations about yourself. I, John (or Mary), am capable and confident.

#4 Step up:  Walk yourself up the ladder of success mentally. Tell yourself you’re the one for the job, you can do it, you will get the job of your dreams.

#5: Shake out limbs: Release the results to the universe. Accept whatever comes, trusting it will be for your ultimate good.

After a good mental workout you’ll feel confident, clear-minded, and committed to walking into the hiring manager’s office and giving your best.

So prepare yourself now—putting mind over matter––with a solid mental workout that will take you where you want to go—from a great job interview to a great job!

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
Job Interview “Secret”

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new “Secret Career Document” job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job Search Secrets.”

Visit our friends at Job Interview “Secret” and discover Jimmy Sweeney’s breakthrough strategy that will have you standing out from the competition like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair… DURING your next job interview.

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