1. Do A Mental Dress Rehearsal
Most career experts will advise you to practice answering interview questions, but there’s another kind of rehearsal that can prepare you in a different way—the rehearsal that’s all in your mind.
“Research shows that experiencing success increases our confidence, even if that experience is imagined,”says Harley Sears, an Arkansas-based consulting hypnotist. To get into a mental rehearsal, Sears recommends that you make yourself comfortable, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and allow your muscles to relax.
“See yourself as calm, focused, and prepared—confidently answering any questions throughout the successful interview. Allow yourself to feel strong, confident, and proud while visualizing your successful interview.”
2. Listen To A Motivational Playlist
Star in your own episode of “Carpool Karaoke” on your way to the interview, and you could sing your way into a Zen-like state for interview success.
“Movement and music can instantly get you in a place of confidence,” says Jennifer Davis, a New Jersey–based leadership coach. “Pick a favorite song that fills your heart with passion. Songs and movements that connect you with your best self will allow you to fully experience power in the moment, and then you can go in and crush it!”
3. Give Yourself A Pep Talk
Do you sometimes catch yourself talking to yourself? It’s okay. We all do it. Well, according to Patricia Thompson, president of Silver Lining Psychology, an Atlanta-based corporate psychology and management consulting firm, that’s exactly what you want to do before an interview to get in the right headspace.
Thompson actually suggests a trick to personalize your pep talk even more: “Use your own name. Research suggests that it helps you to distance yourself a bit from the situation, and instead of getting caught up in the anxiety of it, can help you to have a greater sense of perspective,” she says.
4.Watch Funny Videos
Finally, there’s a time when it is productive—and prescriptive—to watch cat videos. Thompson says there’s a benefit to watching a few funny videos before you head into your interview. “Having a good belly laugh relaxes you and puts you in a better mood. It has also been linked to reduce certain stress hormones in the body,” she says. Good laugh, good interview.
5. Exaggerate Your Fears
This might sound like the absolute opposite of a calming exercise, but as you’re preparing for your interview, ask yourself what the worst is that can happen, then amplify it.
“Most people try to stifle anxious thoughts with positivity, but voicing your worst fears is more effective,” says Jackie Viramontez, a Los Angeles–based life coach. “The exaggeration method allows you to laugh at yourself and regain a practical perspective.”
Ending the Interview -- Ways to Contact You
I: How can we contact you about our decision ?
C: You can reach me in my office at this number 4426378 during the day. / You can call me at my home at 5569173 in the evening. / You can reach me any time at your convenience by dialing 3371579.
I: Shall we notify you of our decision by mail or phone?
C: By mail, please. My postal address remains the same. / By telephone, please. Do you have my number? / Either will do. My address and telephone number is written on my resume.
I: May I call you at your office (home) about our final decision?
C: Yes, please. My telephone number is 6653217.
I: We'll get in touch with yoft'as sooh'as we've made our decision. Thank you for coming.
C: Thank you for your having interviewed me. See you again.
I: I'll contact you by next Saturday. Thank you for your interest in our company.
C: Thankyou, Mr. Wu. See you later.
I: Thankyou, MissZhao, for your interest in this job. Good luck to you.
C: Thank you, sir (madam). I hope to see you again.
I: You'll be hearing from us soon. Send the next candidate in on your way out, please.
C: Certainly. Thank you very much.
I: That's all for the interview. Please wait for our notification.
C: Thank you very much for your interview with me. Good-bye.
Interests and Hobbies
I: Do you have any special interests other than your job?
C: Yes. Taking pictures is my special interest. / Yes. My chief interest is watching horse-races. / Yes. Music and painting are my two great interests inltfe.
I: What are your personal interests?
C: My personal interests are collecting coins and stamps. / Table tennis and swimming are my personal interests. / My chief personal interest is to collect antiques.
I: Do you have a hobby?
C: Yes. I like reading and fishing. / Yes. I enjoy listening to classical music. / Yes. I'm fond of calligraphy.
I: What kinds of hobbies do you have?
C: I like collecting calligraphical works and paintings. / I enjoy sports. / I'm fond of playing the piano.
I: What are your hobbies?
C: My hobbies are cooking every day and dancing on weekends. / Playing chess is my hobby. / Playing computer games and playing bridge are my two great hobbies.
I: What do you do when you are not working?
C: I usually read books or straighten my house or go shopping. / On weekends I sometimes make an excursion to the suburbs with my family. / I often go mountain-climbing with rny friends on Sundays.
I: How do you spend your free (leisure, spare ) time?
C: I play the violin together with a group of friends. / I run or play basketball or do something else like that to get some exercises to keep fit. / I spend my free time in doing some sculpture with clay.
I: What do you do for recreation?
C: I sometimes go to the sing-high club on weekends. / I usually listen to pop music for recreation. / In summer I like swimming and in winter I generally play football.
I: How do you entertain yourself after work?
C: I usually watch TV for entertainment. / I sometimes go to the concert (theater, cinema) with my family. / I generally entertain myself in sports ( reading,painting).
I: What kinds of sports do you like? And do you play or watch?
C: I enjoy almost all sports. And prefer playing to watching. / I like gymnastics. I was on the gymastics team all through middle school. / I'm a football fan. But I don't play and just enjoy watching football matches.
I: What kinds of books do you like?
C: I like detective novels. / I'm fond of scientific fiction. / I enjoy readittg biographies, especially those of well known statesmen, militairists*, scientists, and rtists. I can learn a lot from their life histories.
I: Who are your favorite authors ?
C: Lu Shun and Ba Jin are my favorite authors. / My favorite Chinese authors are Lao She, Mao Dun, and Cao Yu. And my favorite foreign men of letters are Shakespeare, Gorky, and Whitman. / I like the novels of Dickens very mach. I've read almost all of them in Chinese translation. I wish I could read them in the original1 hear they're even better then.
I: Do you drink?
C: No, not a bit. / Yes, a little. / Yes, I do. But I never drink to excess.
I: Do you smoke? / Are you a smoker?
C; No, I don't (am not). / Yes, just during social ccasions. I never like it. / Yes, but I'm not a heavy smoker.