By Shea Ki
Do you know a place with a food buffet that makes you hungry just thinking about it?
As you are getting to know me on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook, you may have noticed I am a huge foodie. I love tasting new recipes, enjoying old favorites, and looking at mouth-watering pictures of all things FOOD. I am a big fan of buffets that mix samples of what I already know is delicious and also tempts me with new treasures of lip-smacking flavor heaven.
When times get stressful, such as before a job interview, I used to find myself inhaling comfort at a buffet or finding some other unhealthy way to deal. In the short run maybe it brought some relief, but it usually only added to my stress and struggle.
Years later, I still enjoy a good buffet, but I don't use it to drown my anxiety. I now know, use, and teach others much more uplifting, effective stress management techniques to help their job interview day be a success.
I am excited to share with you a sample of my favorite stress-relief methods for making a better first impression. Below is an infographic I give to you buffet style so you can take with you what serves you best and leave the rest.
Heads up: These stress busters are not your standard tips for job interview success like "have a firm handshake", "dress to impress", and "arrive 10 minutes early". Such advice is important, but will not help enough by itself. If your mindset is not clear and fails to be calm when you need it most, you will not make a professional first impression.
For Samplers or Picky Eaters
You can try all of these stress busters or choose just one that stands out to you. I often enjoy mixing a few of the following together when coaching clients based on what they like and what fits best into their busy lifestyle.
Maybe there is one you have tried before but did not stick with it. Whether you are job searching or trying to be promoted, I challenge you to see what improvements with your mindset you notice when you practice a stress buster consistently for 30 days.
Finger Lickin' Good For Your Mindset
The more you use one of these stress busters, the more you will see big differences in lowering your stress level, increasing your confidence, and attracting more professional success.
The catch? Only one. If you wait until the night before your time in the hot seat to learn stress relief methods, you will not make a good first impression.
To upgrade your job interview, choose at least one healthy way to relieve stress for 10-20 minutes EVERY day.
Science research in recent years is showing us more and more that stress relief practices work. Through over 15 years of coaching young people to prepare for the workforce, I've see again and again how these methods can improve job interview performance.
Begin using a stress relief method consistently as soon as you start applying for jobs. Or better yet, go 100% pro by figuring out which daily stress buster works for you BEFORE you go into job search mode.
Your turn: What works for you to train your mindset to stay positive, even in a high pressure situation such as a job interview? I'm excited to read your reply or comment below.
Most importantly, believe in you. I do.