A first impression is all about the energy you project and how you’re perceived. A good first impression can be a gateway to multiple opportunities, while a bad first impression can leave you with missed opportunities Interview preparation is one of the biggest keys to making that first impression.
How do you make sure you project the right stuff? To present yourself in a certain way, you must truly feel that way. This means part of presenting your executive-self is about feeling comfortable, confident, and competent. To get there, try these three mental preparation techniques before your next big interview or business event.
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1. Power Posing
A power pose is a victory stance (see examples below). A typical power pose means straight back, chin up, feet hip-width apart, with your hands on your hips or above your head. “Mountain pose” in yoga is another version of a power pose. Holding any of these poses will increase your energy, optimism, and focus. They make you feel like a winner!
Try it before leaving the house, while waiting in your car before a big meeting, or in a bathroom stall if you’re in a public place or office. How do you feel?
If you’re an athlete or performer, you may be familiar with this technique. There are many different types of visualization; essentially, you imagine the ideal scenario for what you’re about to experience.
It is critical that your visualization is positive during interview preparation because this exercise helps program you for the real deal. Don’t skimp on details: imagine yourself walking into the room, shaking hands with the hiring manager, etc. Being able to guide your internal self through the details with a positive outcome will help you automatically do the same in real life.
For an affirmation to work it must be positive, short, and repeated aloud (multiple times) with confidence. Your thoughts are influenced by what you hear, so hearing positive things will make you think in a positive way.
In this short video, Jessica declares affirmations about her life in front of the bathroom mirror. Affirmations as a 5-year-old are a little different than what you may find yourself repeating before an interview, but you’ll see the effect is the same: by the end of the video she is energized, focused, and declares, “I can do anything great!”
Test out the affirmations written below while getting ready in the morning. Saying them in front of a mirror can help you feel more connected to the statements.
What “in the zone” routine works best for you?
I like to get dressed in my business outfit, face myself in the mirror, and repeat an affirmation while holding a power pose. This combination gives me a huge surge in confidence and energy, and makes me feel ready for the day ahead.
Are you ready to own the boardroom?