In his book, Success is a Choice, Rick Pitino writes about what Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan had in common. “The one common denominator these three share is that their presence raises everyone else’s performance level. That’s what greatness is,” Pitino said.
Johnson, Bird and Jordan transferred their energy level to their teammates whenever they were in the game. That energy transferred when they made an incredible pass, dove for a loose ball or hit an off-balance jump shot at a critical point in a game.
Some people think you demonstrate energy when you are yelling, shouting or patting someone on the back. But these three athletes proved that energy level has nothing to do with backslapping or yelling. Energy level has to do with intensity and focus.
Just as these three basketball greats transferred their energy level to their teammates, you will need to transfer your energy level to the interviewer. The energy level you bring to an interview will have a great effect on a potential job offer.
When you meet with an interviewer, your ability to transfer energy will result in them having:
The same amount of energy, or
If you leave the hiring manager with more energy, you will leave the interviewer with a positive impression. If you leave the hiring manager with the same amount of energy or less energy, start sending out other resumes because you aren’t getting a job offer unless the hiring manager is desperate to fill the position.
Below are 11 ways you can bring high energy to an interview:
1. Have an attitude that says, “I deserve to win.” Believe that you deserve the job offer. Do your homework about the company and the position. Determine how you will bring value to the company.
2. Practice for the interview. Think what questions you would ask if you were the hiring manager. Practice your answers with family members or friends.
3. Talk just a little louder than normal in the beginning. Speaking a little louder will generate more energy on your part.
4. Write on the notepad you are going to use in the interview: ENERGY! Every time you see the word ENERGY, it will remind you to continue to think about transferring your energy level to the hiring manager.
5. Stay in the present moment. Our inner critic likes to live in the past or the present. The inner critic always reminds us of the “what ifs” if we start thinking about the future. And the inner critic likes to operate in the past by saying, “you shouldn’t have done that” “or you should have done it.” The more time you can spend in the present prior to the interview, the more energy you will have. We rapidly drain our energy levels when we worry about the future or the past.
6. Use self-guided visualization. See yourself in the interview connecting with the hiring manager. Visualize both of you enjoying the process.
7. Shake hands firmly, look the interviewer in the eye and smile. These 3 actions immediately let the interviewer know your energy level. They won’t guarantee you the job but not doing them will guarantee you a short interview.
8. Use positive self-talk. Use “I am” statements prior to the interview. Say to yourself, “I am energetic, I am positive, I am confident. Repeat this mantra until you start to believe it.
9. Focus on what you can do to make the interview a great experience for you and the hiring manager. Be totally engaged in the process. You want both sides to feel like they’ve just experienced a great conversation.
10. Get plenty of sleep the night before the interview. Most physicians recommend 7-8 hours each night. Consistently sleeping fewer hours will cause fatigue.
11. Exercise. Take a brisk walk prior to the meeting. Breathing deeper will help bring more oxygen to your lungs. That oxygen will then be transported to your extremities.
Think of Larry, Magic and Michael the next time you walk into an interview. Bring an energy level to the interview that says, “I deserve the job offer.” When you do, you have a very good chance of putting a “W’ in the interview win column.