We sat down with country music star, Chase Rice to talk to him about how he fights the nerves before a big concert, and how you can take those same steps when preparing for a job interview. If you think about it, a job interview really is a performance. You’ve rehearsed your answers, meticulously gone over the details and have a room of people to impress.
Before each concert, Chase gets together with his bandmates for a ritual that includes a prayer, shot and chant. While I definitely don’t recommend having any alcohol before a job interview, it is always a good idea to have your friends there backing you up. They can practice with you before the big day, celebrate with you when it goes well or sympathize with you if it doesn’t work out. Either way, having a solid team behind you can make a difference in not only your confidence, but your performance as well.
2) Getting pumped up
While getting ready before a show with his friends, Chase’s pre-show ritual includes different ways to get energized before going out on stage. Think of creating your own ritual before an interview. Getting yourself pumped up can help get you in the mood to kick butt at the meeting. In fact, we just heard from hired Snagajob member, Delaney, who told us, “…before I left home, I put on some loud and fast music and drank coffee to get pumped up. :)” It worked for her, so why not give it a try? In fact, we put together a playlist for you to really get you going.
3) Just go for it
After you’ve gotten yourself psyched up and are ready to go, there’s no putting it off. It’s time to interview. Before Chase’s very first performance, he went in with confidence but quickly realized how different things were on stage. This will happen in an interview. They may ask questions that you aren’t prepared for to throw you for a loop, they may interview you with a panel or a group. No matter what happens, you need to go with the flow and prove to the interviewer that you are adaptable and easy to work with.
4) Working through mistakes
Not matter how much you’ve practiced and researched, there will be times you mess up in an interview. And, that’s okay. Employers realize that no one is perfect, but it’s how you bounce back that can make you stand out. When Chase messes up in a concert, he plays it off like it was on purpose or he quickly turns things around so the audience hopefully won’t notice. If something happens in your interview (you trip, spill a drink, say the wrong name) your best bet would be to laugh it off with, “Well that was awkward” or “I’m just tripping with excitement to be here”. If you’re interviewing for a job where you’ll be working with customers, employers want to be assured that you can handle when things don’t go as planned, and coming back from a little mistake can show them you’d make a great employee.
What do you do to get yourself hyped for an interview? Let us know below!