All have used creative visualization to help them get to where they are today. Why not put this tool to work in your job search?
Five reasons to use visualization – a.k.a. mental imagery or mental practice – to prepare for your job interviews:
- It’s a great way to reduce nervousness, allowing you to realistically “practice” being calm and confident
- You don’t need a mock interviewer to practice this way. You can do it on your own.
- It’s a great way to address hard-to-change habits like saying “um” too much, slouching, fidgeting, avoiding eye contact, and so on.
- It’s the only way to do a practice interview with the actual interviewer at the company where you’ll be interviewing. (Tip: If possible, look up the interviewer on LinkedIn or Google so you can picture them accurately, and look up the building on Google Maps.)
- You can use visualization wherever you want to – in your parked car (not while driving!), on the train – or almost anywhere.
Why “guided” visualization? Using a recording to guide your visualization helps keep you from being distracted by random thoughts and worries. It makes your visualization more powerful.
So, who’s the “guide” of a guided visualization? It could be you! Last week, in an interview on VoiceAmerica’s internet radio show “Career Confidante,” I explained how you can make your own guided visualization recording.
Alternatively, you can contact me for a customized psych-up recording tailored to your needs.
Read my three-part blog series on Mental Practice for Job Interviews for more information on how to psych up for a job interview that gets the job.