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3 Tips For Harnessing Your Best Energy For A Job Interview

As a former recruiter I have seen too many candidates start their best interviewing 15 minutes or more into a job interview!  By this time it’s too late, and the impression has been sent that you are lackluster, not interested or otherwise not qualified for the opening. Instead, you need to arrive at the interview with your energy already at its peak in the reception area.  Here are 3 tips to ensure that, whether you stubbed your toe on the way in, squeezed through the worst traffic or just got up on the wrong side of the bed, you can still perform at your peak for that key job interview:

Listen to an uplifting song during your commute.  It doesn’t have to be the theme from Rocky, but it needs to be something that sets the upbeat, positive tone you will need to get you pumped for the interview.

Carry an index card with a motivational quote written on it.  When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.  This is a nice example from Peter Marshall but pick whichever one that resonates with you.

Use a picture or other visual to set the tone.  I look at a picture of my kids before I go into a big meeting.  It puts things into perspective for me (i.e., whatever happens with the meeting, I have a great life).  It puts me in a good mood.  It gives me that extra push (I want to land this deal for them!).

The picture, the quote, the song take very little time and effort from you but can be powerful motivators to bring out your best in that next big meeting.


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