The founder of the increasingly popular mindfulness concept Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, on judgmentally”. Put simply mindfulness is about knowing what is on your mind by focusing your awareness in the mind itself. In essence by practicing mindfulness techniques you become more aware of what is happening as it happens. This can help with Mindfulness and your job interview
What does this mean for job hunters preparing for interview?
The most stressful part of the job hunters journey is often the dreaded interview.
This stressful situation can cause many to get flustered, forget key facts and let the emotional part of the brain take over from the rational. In some situations a sense of panic can set in. If you work for Google chances are you have heard of or have been taught the S.B.N.R.R technique based on mindfulness. The acronym stands for Stop, Breathe, Notice, Reflect and Respond. This heightened state of awareness in addition to making you feel more relaxed should greatly help in discerning what exactly an interviewer is asking and the best way to craft your answer.
According to research conducted in Harvard the level of likeability of a candidate in an interview is influenced by whether the interviewee uses mindfulness skills during the interview. Mindfulness should not only help greatly in dealing with interview pressure but is also a great aid in keeping you well-grounded and better equipped to answer those difficult interview questions.
Why is this?
Practicing mindfulness techniques should help you understand an interviewers intentions, objectives and reasoning behind a difficult question. It will also help you focus on positives rather than perceived past failures when going for interview.
The most popular techniques are mindful breathing; where you focus on your own actual breathing for one minute, mindful observation; where you focus on a natural object for one minute (such as a bird or a butterfly-obviously do this before your interview!) and mindful awareness; where you focus on one aspect of a task which you do on a daily basis (like opening a door).
There are hundreds, if not thousands of books written on the subject of mindfulness. The above article is the authors view on how mindfulness can assist candidates in an interview situation and is merely touching the surface on this vast topic.
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