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You have picked the right outfit, practiced your answers, and readied yourself to negotiate.
Before you take the leap and go to the interview, practice a few strategies to reduce stress
and ready yourself for a power play!
Consider these environmental, physical and mental ways of dealing with stress:
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1. Use visual imagery to reduce stress.
Close your eyes and imagine a scene, place or event
(real or imaginary) that is peaceful, serene, happy, and/or
beautiful. Try to incorporate all your senses into the image
-- what you can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel.
You can also imagine the interview going well, walking
through it step by step to improve your confidence and
reduce your stress. The mind cannot differentiate between
real and imaginary so what you feed it is accepted as
2. Persuade yourself with positive, rational thinking.
Observe your thoughts and write down every time you
have a negative thought for a few days. Once you are
aware of your negative thoughts, take an honest look at
them to see if they have any basis in reality. Frequently,
when you challenge a negative thought it will lose power
You can also replace negative thoughts with positive
affirmations. Make yourself a list of positive things to
say to yourself each morning and evening. Post it on the
bathroom mirror and say them aloud. Try to repeat
throughout the day whenever possible. Habits don t
happen immediately (experts say it takes 60 days to make
it a habit) so be patient with yourself. Repetition is the
3. Reduce the importance of the
event in your mind.
Try to compare it to something
else in the past that you have done
that was as big and important feeling.
Remind yourself that this will not be
the first or the last opportunity of
this kind that you encounter.
You can also reframe the event in
your mind. Instead of viewing it
as an all-important interview,
think of it as an exciting
chance to meet new people
and expand your network.
You never know what will
4. Reduce uncertainties.
Ask questions when you
schedule the interview
(how many interviewers,
names and titles of the
interviewers, for example),
and then research to learn
all you can to feel more pre-
5. Listen to music or relaxation
tapes to calm yourself.
On your way to the interview or
as you sit in the waiting room, listen
to music that is calming for you (use
only one earbud in the waiting room).
Mental Stress-Management Methods
6. Use Progressive Muscular Relaxation.
Squeeze a group of muscles, hold for a
few seconds and then relax the muscles as
much as possible. This
can relieve the tense
feeling and is particu-
larly effective when
combined with deep
breathing and visual
As you sit
in the waiting
deeply -- in
nose and out
doing this at
least four times.
Whatever you do, be kind to yourself dur-
ing this process. Remember that change
does not happen overnight and practice
makes perfect. Take a deep breath, put a
smile on your face, and meet that interview
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