Have you experienced any of these moments before or after a job interview?
You want to feel excited about the interview, but instead you feel overwhelmed with everything you need to do to be prepared.
You looked at the answers for the questions you expect several times, but the info is not sinking in.
You know you spent over an hour being interviewed, but you are not sure what you even said for several questions.
You need to send a thank you note to the people that interviewed you, but you feel completely drained from the whole process.
This blog post in my three part series about the Upgrade My Interview™ method is here to help. I've already shared some of my top tips about upgrading your mindset and body language in this series. Now it's time for another one of my favorite topics that I help clients with for a better job interview: YOUR ENERGY.
Your unique energy is what makes your value in the workplace even more special. And you must protect it like the diamond mine that it is.
Showing up in alignment with your best energy will keep you more confident and relaxed. And impress most people that interview you. But too often through the stressful, long job search or the challenging quest for a promotion, our energy is the first of our top resources that gets zapped. Being able to tap into and maintain positive, calm, and engaging energy is what often sets the top candidates apart from the pack.
But where do you begin to master this? Learning about how to connect with your best energy is the first step. Then practicing how to protect, pace, and refuel your energy for high pressure situations is what brings you closer to your career goals faster.
Our energy is serving us best for an interview when we feel we are:
1. Attracting and taking inspired action towards opportunity that aligns with our values (instead of chasing it down, feeling desperate to get it, or forcing ourselves to fit)
2. Trusting that once we put all the hard work and preparation in that we can, that things will work out for our highest good (instead of beating ourselves up, settling for less, or staying stuck when the outcome is not what we desired)
3. Being in the present moment and finding gratitude for where we are at (instead of letting confusion, frustration, worries, or mistakes of the past drive the bus when we are in the hot seat)
When I can help move my client to feeling more of these three sensations before, during and after a mock interview, I know they will shine in the hot seat at the real deal. Why? Because there will be less space for self-doubt, anxiety, nervous energy, and other blockers to get in the way of sharing their value.
There is a transformation that takes place when I can dig deeper into the Upgrade My Interview™ method with you through my one-to-one online coaching sessions. The payoff happens when your professional value is more believed by you and then easily seen and heard by others.
My intention with interview skills coaching is to make sure that your best, most authentic self will be showing up to the interview. I offer free 30 minute strategy sessions on Skype or phone calls to upgrade your interview and discuss the options for working together. You can read more about this opportunity here. I invite you to schedule your meeting with me by clicking the box on this page that says "Let's Meet" and choosing the first service, "Free 30 Minute Strategy Session".
As promised, each month I am also putting the Upgrade My Interview™ Spotlight on a resource that I've personally used to boost my power to shine in the hot seat. I don't recommend anything here unless I've confirmed its integrity, intention, and return on investment. I'm so thrilled to share information about one of my favorite people on the planet, Belleruth Naparstek.
I've used Belleruth's highly professional, effective guided imagery work for years (ever since I suffered with emotional trauma from a terrible car accident). I finally got to meet and talk to her in person recently. It's so gratifying when you meet someone you've looked up to for so long and they are as genuine and down to earth as you had hoped.
"Guided imagery meditation is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination in proactive, positive ways." -Belleruth Naparstek
I can say with 110% conviction that Belleruth's intentions behind her work come from a place of highest good. Any money and time you spend on her many resources for the mind, body, and spirit will be well invested in positive results you start seeing in your life. What makes her guided imagery so powerful compared to others that I have tried is that she backs it up with solid scientific methods and over 40 years of research. That's above and beyond!
One of my favorite works of Belleruth that I use and share with clients is her "Guided Meditation To Help You Improve Your Self-Confidence". It is simply brilliant. As you listen to the imagery or the affirmations daily, you may start to notice after just a few weeks how your thoughts and behaviors begin to shift.
Giving yourself time to do this type of inner work strengthens your interview skills and ability to handle other high stakes professional situations. As someone who at the end of the day is sometimes tired from the work of motherhood, small business life, and so much more, I am so glad her meditations work even when I am asleep!
Whether you allow yourself to benefit from the support of a career coach, guided imagery, or other methods to upgrade your interview skills and career, I am in your corner.
Find what works for you to shine in the hot seat. The workplace needs you to make that positive difference that you were put here to do.
When you deeply believe how valuable YOUR skills, experience, and talents are to the workforce, I have no doubt that your energy will radiate with attractive confidence.
That is why I always end this blog with--
Most of all, believe in you.
Shea Ki is a Holistic Career Coach on a mission to end the interview struggle. Join her growing email list so you stay in the know about her latest tips, resources, and strategies to shine in the hot seat.