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Boosting your interview success through psychological techniques

Getting an interview call is a rare phenomenon these days amidst the tough competition in the job market. A candidate is really fortunate enough, if he or she gets an interview call for the applied job. However, the main road block that really bothers the probable candidate is to be prepared for the interview mentally. A candidate may have done well in terms of dressing well for the interview, researching the company and rehearsing tough questions but the real boiling point comes up when the D-day for the interview approaches.

At this point of time, the candidate who is apt in the techniques of psychology of interview success scores better or have good chances of sailing through the interview with grand success. The techniques of psychology of interview success are popularly known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is widely recognized within National Health Service or NHS and in private medical practice in helping to deal with psychological challenges that include facing job interviews.

The CBT techniques can be used by the candidate in optimizing his/her mental strategy at the time of interview. The CBT concept is based on the premise that the way an individual view situations determines the way he or she feels and acts (for better or for the worse). If this is considered in relation to the career opportunities then the concerned individual may observe that the way he or she thinks about the interview process (before or after) will affect the way the candidate feels emotionally and thus influence his/her behavior.

The ABC model is used as a simple diagnostic tool within CBT that will help the interviewee in indentifying any thinking errors that he or she might make before or during the interview process. A brief procedure of ABC model is explained below:

A = Adversity (the challenge versus personal goal): The interviewee must try to identify which specific aspects of the forthcoming interview are cause of concern and this will help the interviewee to tackle each one of them head on rather than being overshadowed by a vague sense of unease on that day.

B = Belief (thoughts or beliefs about the situation): It is advisable to use the list of unhelpful thinking styles as a reference and define any other negative thoughts that the concerned interviewee may have. It is better to be as objective as possible by challenging the thoughts on the basis of their evidence, realisms and usefulness. Having done this, the next process is to develop a more constructive thinking strategy that will help in boosting the confidence in the interview.

C = Consequences (about feelings and way of acting): The candidate must notice how he or she is feeling when engaging in an unhelpful thinking – for instance increased anxiety. Are these thoughts and feelings undermining the preparation for the interview? This question must be dealt with by the concerned candidate/interviewee thoroughly.

The ABC model is being implemented by many candidates as a technique and as a means towards psychology of interview success.

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