At OLAM Executive Search, we wanted to act as recruiters who truly care for their candidates and offer you some of the best insights to manage difficult emotions before, during and after an online interview with the selection committee or members of the board. If you feel stressed before or after the interview, here are 3 powerful steps:
Observe: First, monitor your thoughts, when a negative thought arrives, observe it: "I think I will fail it, I am not good enough or prepared enough for this interview. The board will ask me too difficult questions..." is it something you hear yourself say? Negative thinking is a habit. It is useful to notice our thought patterns.
Accept: Second, do not suppress the thought or judge yourself for having it. Telling yourself "I have to stop thinking about that job interview," will not alleviate the thought. Instead, just bring awareness to what is happening. Say to yourself: "I am thinking about my job interview and have negative thoughts around it."
Challenge: Third, challenge your runaway thoughts cycle: Is this thought really true? If yes, why? Am I solving anything by dwelling on these negative thoughts? Does the outcome of this single interview really determine my future?
When we separate from negative thought, recognize it and challenge it, we remove its power... Of course, negative thinking is not always unwanted, as it can help us focus on the problems in order to find solutions. But most of the time, negative thinking can be detrimental to our health and well-being. However, with concentrated effort, as with dedicated meditation practice, we can overcome those thoughts in order to create new, positive ones. As with anything, we have to practice over and over in order to change our tendencies.
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