Get Your Groove On and Ace That Interview!
Yes, I mean it. After you’ve prepared as much as you think you can for that critical interview with the Executive Director, what can you do to calm down? I propose two ways to eliminate the anxiety that creeps in and prevents you from performing at your best. Music and comedy. I’ve never seen these recommended anywhere else, but they work…trust me.
While on your way and/or while you wait in the coffee shop next door (remember my admonishments in previous postings not to arrive too early), listen to some of your favorite upbeat music, whatever makes you feel the best.
Most of us have experienced the incredible, mood-altering power of music. Dozens of research studies have shown that listening to music can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. One even found that listening to music works as well as a massage at lowering anxiety!
The Mayo Clinic points out that music can have effects ranging from reducing feelings of physical pain to boosting memory. A doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg reveals that listening to music every day lowers stress. The thesis was based on the results of two studies which showed that people who listened to music also felt positive emotions. Other studies show that listening to music improves cognitive performance and helps people execute better in high-pressure situations.
Personally, I like to listen to comedy because laughing always makes me feel exceptionally good about myself. As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. “As a powerful antidote to stress, nothing works faster to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor… connects you to others and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.”
These are all qualities that make for a strong interview performance. Use one or both, but not simultaneously, before your next interview and revel in how much better the outcome is.
Mauri Schwartz is President/CEO of Career Insiders, a career management and talent acquisition consulting firm. She speaks frequently at business and professional conferences and career panels. Her favorite client update is, “I did everything you told me to and I got the job!”
Career Insiders’ Talent Acquisition services are focused on executive and senior management level positions in sales/marketing, finance, technology, corporate legal, and HR.
Mauri has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Mathematics from Tulane University. Career Insiders has been certified by the City and County of San Francisco as as a Small – Local – Woman-owned enterprise S/L/WBE.
Contact Mauri directly at Mauri@CareerInsiders.com.