Here is a topic that comes up often for folks that are out interviewing, whether that is inside your own organization or exploring opportunities with a new organization.
How can you engage the interviewer and let them see that you are the person for the job?
You have to believe you are the person for the job. You also have to be curious as to what pain that organization is looking to heal. How can you become the consultant and hold the interview as if it were a business conversation, and not passing a test by an interviewer?
Let’s look at this from the perspective of Body, Mind & Heart.
Body – Do what keeps you in a relaxed state prior to and during the interview.
I tell clients repeatedly to be sure to do what keeps you relaxed before your appointment – going to the gym, taking a walk, sitting quietly and breathing – in addition to getting a good night’s sleep, making sure you are not hungry and being prepared. Have your questions ready that you need answered to see if this is the right position for you. Be sure to do your due diligence in networking with other employees in the organization to hear their perspective and get an inside view on the company.
Imagine yourself confident, cool and collected. Envision yourself smiling and engaging with the other party in your mind’s eye. Feel that connection in your body.
Mind – Have access to visual clues to keep your mind focused and flowing.
Have reminders for yourself that you can see when you are caught off guard with a question so you can bring yourself back to center and remain focused and confident. That may be sticky notes, a piece of jewelry, or something you carry in your pocket , that serves to remind you to breathe or say a calming word when you are asked a question you don’t know how to answer. Taking your mind back to your still point, which is your point of relaxation and focus, will allow you to access the answer that is true for you. It is perfectly acceptable to say, “Let me think about that,” take a breath and then respond.
Remember silence is golden – just let them know you’re taking a moment to consider the question . . .
Heart – However you trust your own inner guidance in your life – you can do the same in an interview.
When you are not sure how to respond to a question or thought, ask yourself how you feel about what is being asked,and then communicate what is true for you in a professional tone..
It is important to be YOU in the interview process and bring forth your true nature and communicate from your authentic perspective. This is what companies want to know: who are you, what is your thought process, and how well you communicate your thoughts and feelings.
When in doubt, listen to your heart and trust that who you are in this moment is perfect.
“If you are clear about what you want, the world responds with clarity.” Loretta Staples
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