Can positive affirmations help you to prepare for a job interview?

In last week’s blog, we discussed the superpower of positive affirmations and their potential influence on our mindsets. Positive affirmations are a technique employed by some therapists and counsellors to help their clients improve self-esteem, confidence, and body image. You can use them in your everyday life to improve your studies, career, and relationships!
Today, we’ll be breaking down how positive affirmations can make your next job interview a little less stressful and could even land you the new role of your dreams. Job interviews are intimidating for anyone. Who wants to sit in front of someone and be judged?

If only you could put up an invisible shield…

You can! Kind of.
Think of positive affirmations as a confidence jumper that you knit yourself. Being mentally prepared for an interview and focusing on succeeding can do wonders for the impression you make on the interviewer. Instead of mentally ranking yourself against your imagined competition, next time, try reminding yourself that you’re capable and qualified!

Let’s explore some effective positive affirmations that you can incorporate into your pre-interview routine:

“I am calm and confident; job interviews are easy.”

Positive affirmations like this one activate your brain’s reward system and promote feelings of confidence. It can reduce the anxiety you feel around the interview, which will help you approach the conversation with calm and composure. Studies show that positive self-affirmations can decrease your stress response and improve your performance in challenging situations that may otherwise trump your confidence!

“I am perfect for this position; I am their ideal candidate.”

This affirmation is a great choice for helping you feel secure in your abilities. By reinforcing the idea that you’re the ideal candidate, you’ll boost your self-efficacy and present yourself accordingly in your interview! Research in social psychology suggests that positive self-affirmations like this one enhance your self-perception and will improve your overall performance.

“I love job interviews, and my energy is contagious.”

By forcing yourself to view job interviews in a more positive light, you might be able to approach them more enthusiastically. A positive mindset has been proven to enhance your cognitive flexibility and problem-solving abilities, qualities interviewers traditionally look for in their ideal candidate.

“I impress interviewers; I stand out above the rest.”

Building your confidence in your ability to make a lasting impression on your interviewers is a tactic that may actually result in you making a lasting impression on them! By affirming this belief, you can project a much stronger sense of self-assurance and set yourself apart from the other candidates.

“I am an excellent candidate, and I exude capability.”

There’s no such thing as being too competent! By reinforcing your own sense of worth as a candidate, you’ll empower yourself to embody your strengths and abilities during your interview. This is a good reminder for your current position too, if you find yourself struggling with confidence in the workplace.

Try making affirmations of your own, tailored to your perceived insecurities. You can create them for virtually any scenario. Take control!

Psychologists suggest that to maximise the effectiveness of these affirmations, repeat them twice a day for approximately five minutes—once in the morning when you first get up and again before going to bed at night. These times are most effective due to your brain’s elasticity. The affirmations are more likely to become subconscious beliefs that are deeply ingrained.

By consistently practising your positive affirmations, your brain will undergo a process called neuroplasticity. During this, neural pathways are rewired to align with the desired thoughts and beliefs repeated in your affirmations. The rewiring of your thoughts creates a shift in your mindset and self-perception, leading to an increase in your self-confidence, motivation, and resilience (even in the face of job interviews!).

You may be wondering about the science of all this. The effectiveness of positive affirmations has been attributed to a few different psychological concepts. One key aspect is self-affirmation theory, which suggests that you have a fundamental need to maintain a positive self-image! When this positive self-image is threatened, say, in a job interview, positive affirmations can help restore it.

Positive affirmations also tap into the power of cognitive restructuring, a principle borrowed from cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). Cognitive restructuring is the identification of any of your negative, self-defeating thoughts and their replacement with positive, realistic, and empowering ones. By incorporating positive affirmations into your interview preparation, you can actively challenge and reframe your self-doubt and negative self-talk that would negatively impact your interview.

If you’re interested in delving deeper into the workings of your subconscious and learning more psychological techniques, consider an online psychology course. Our courses provide a comprehensive understanding of a variety of psychological principles, including self-affirmation theory, cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, and more. Learning about CBT can offer you practical strategies for addressing negative thinking patterns and improving the overall wellbeing of yourself and those around you.

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