The mindset you need to crush every interview

Wayne Dyer, the famous author, once said, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” 

Wayne Dyer, the famous author, once said, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” 

While this might seem like a bit of a cliché statement, it pays to have the right mindset and use this approach, especially as you prepare for an interview. 

When we initially hear the word “Interview,” we aren’t usually over the moon excited; most are instead sweating bullets. The natural, professional demeanor you possess can turn into tense, anxiety-filled behavior during an interview if you don’t first prepare your mindset.

Ultimately, failing to prepare your mindset will put you at odds with your chances to crush the interview for an obvious reason: Your mindset was in the wrong place! 

If this has even been you in the past, don’t worry, there are ways in which you can put yourself on the right path toward success if you are willing to make these three essential mindset shifts heading into your next interview! 

  1. Think of it as a business meeting 
  2. Visualize your most confident performance 
  3. Authentically express the best version of YOU! 

Let’s break these down so you can crush your interviews from here on out!

The mindset to crush interviews!

1. Think of it as a business meeting

Reread that quote at the beginning of this article; still, it rings pretty true, doesn’t it? Sure is. One of the most important things you can do is take the word “interview” and chuck it out the window! 

Now, define it as a business meeting, because to be really honest, that’s basically what it is in the grand scheme of things. You are the representative, the CEO, of You Inc., a willing participant engaging in a meaningful conversation on the needs of the company and how you can play a role in fulfilling these needs. 

2. Visualize (your most confident performance)

Whatever you think will inevitably show up in your reality because thoughts affect not only what you do but how you do it! Take some time before the interview to get into a mode where you visualize your success, visualizing a confident YOU who is more than capable of crushing an interview. 

Take this, for example. Ask yourself! Is there a place where you feel you are at your most confident and poised? Perhaps at the basketball court, maybe in the kitchen, anywhere…and then imagine yourself there! 

Visualizing your most confident performances adds positivity to your mind, which will make you feel awesome, valuable, and unstoppable! You’ll be in the mental driver’s seat for a win! 

Pro Tip: The night before your interview, prepare, practice, but before going to bed, clear your head. If negative thoughts pop up, erase them, and do it fast! Think only the good about crushing your interview! 

3. Authentically express YOURSELF!

Sometimes during an interview, we tend to be the best version of “NOT” ourselves to make a good impression. 

In layman’s terms, we tend to be fake. There is a lot of fear, apprehension, and so forth in this fakery because it is uncomfortable to cast our own identity aside to adopt a facade that we think will help us down the road. 

Please don’t feel that it is bad to open up, share experiences of your mistakes and/or flaws in a professional and how you worked on them. Emphasize your authentic strengths, show what you’re made of, what you are learning! This helps the interviewer know that they are actually interviewing a human being. 

This mindset helps you relax and be yourself. In the end, this will help ensure you land the right role. After all, most people don’t just want any job. They want a job that fits their skills and talents in an organization where they’ll be culturally fit. That’s much less likely to happen when you’re putting on a show in the job interview. 

The verdict:

Interviews are almost always uncomfortable; everyone knows this. 

However, controlling our mindset and, more importantly, preparing ahead of time can really set you apart in the interview process. The subtle shifts in your mindset that you can choose to leverage will either make or break your performance, so that being said, why not choose to inject confidence and positive feelings to prep before an interview? 

Choices pay dividends. 

Imagine a professional basketball player stepping up to the free-throw line with the game on the line down one. Their thoughts and mindset have to be ones of courage and perseverance. 

While interviewing isn’t a game, it is such an essential tool to make sure you are mentally sharp going into an interview and that you are envisioning yourself crushing it! 

Envision your success, imagine your peak confidence performance, and most importantly, be YOU.