You have the qualifications, the experience and know you’re the right fit for the job. But you find yourself losing focus when facing the interviewing panel. It’s time to realign as unwavering focus sends out a powerful message to prospective employers.
Try these 6 tips to stay focused during an interview and land that job you want:
- BEFORE YOU ENTER
The minutes before an interview are the toughest. One is never quite sure of what to do – social networking, a chat with a friend or flip through a magazine? Anything that shifts your single-mindedness is a bad idea. Get your thoughts in sync with your goal. Why are you here? How important is this job to you? Asking yourself these questions can help you realign.
- FOCUS ON YOUR SKILLS
In order to concentrate during the interview, think of one or two things that you would like your interviewer to remember you for. Is it your knowledge, communication skills or project management achievements? Zeroing in on a few things will keep your brain alert and fixated.
- THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS
You may find this clichéd but good thoughts will relax your mind and release happy hormones. A calm and happy employee is always a welcome addition to any team and company.
- BRIEFLY REVIEW YOUR NOTES, BUT DON’T DO ANY ADDITIONAL RESEARCH
You should be done researching, preparing, and rehearsing. But if you made any notes for yourself, this is a good time to briefly look them over. “This is not the time to be using your phone to look up the company’s recent achievements or earnings report. Giving big numbers of projects a glance at the last second is a good way to misinterpret key information,”
- JUST STAY CALM
It is perfectly normal to hit a roadblock or two during an interview, but as long as you stay calm and focused you shouldn’t have any problems hitting your beats and getting your main points across.
- SWITCH OFF THE CELL PHONE
Make sure you switch off your cell phone in order to avoid any distraction. Constant pinging sounds or a phone call will derail your thoughts and you won’t be able to focus.
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