In this article I will be covering a peak performance
strategy that top sportspeople and professional communicators use all
over the world. It is called mental rehearsal, which is widely known about
only the difference here is that we will incorporate several NLP
distinctions into the process to maximize the positive effect of this
mental conditioning. Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP is the study of
human excellence and by utilizing NLP you can be at your best when you
need to be in a job interview.
I will walk you through the process by applying it to
an interview situation.
1) Define in detail how you want to perform in the interview.
Describe to yourself in words the way you want to be. How would you
look and sound to a neutral observer? e.g. I see myself in an interview
room sitting by a desk. I look relaxed, and I am smiling, alert and
energetic. I am paying close attention to the other people in the room. My
posture is upright and I am making conversation easily and effortlessly. I
2) Mentally rehearse the interview from the perspective of an observer.
In your imagination visualize yourself at the interview comfortable
and at ease meeting people, feeling relaxed and confident. Pretend that
you are observing yourself from the
other side of the room. The trick here is to imagine events unfolding in
vivid 3D with rich colors. For many people, making the image large and
close also helps to make it feel more realistic. Have fun playing with the
image until it seems as real as watching T.V. or a movie screen.
Take care also to introduce sounds - maybe the scratching of a pen on
paper, the squeak of a moving chair or the sound of your own voice exuding
authority and confidence. You can make sounds come to life by turning up
the volume as you imagine that you are
listening to full, resonant sounds in the room so that it is as if you are
really there. Introduce feeling as well - sense the atmosphere in the
room, the temperature and mood, and soak up the aura of success that you
exude in the imagined picture.
Then introduce different scenarios for different types of people you may
encounter. Imagine talking to someone who is putting you under pressure!
See yourself politely dealing with everything thrown at you. What will you
do if you are left sitting there facing a wall of silence? See yourself
acting decisively and without fear to move onto the next opportunity to
create rapport. Picture yourself at ease whoever you talk to, it is
especially important to consider worst-case scenarios and to visualize
yourself handling each challenge with unstoppable confidence.
3) Mentally rehearse the interview from your own perspective.
When you are pleased with the imagined performance you are producing,
step inside the image of yourself and run through the scenarios again as
if YOU are now doing it. See, feel and hear it as if it is really
happening. This time, you are looking out into the world from your own
eyes, so your arms are directly in front of you with people facing you, as
you feel your clothes on your body. Allow it all to unfold in great detail
- make it as real as possible by letting your imagination free to create a
rich and colorful panoramic view of a successful day. Finally, pay special
attention again to feelings, really spend time imagining yourself feeling
exactly the way you want to feel, and then crank it up and double the
intensity until it could not possibly get any better. Then, imagine it
even better again!
4) Set up a peak performance signal.
Ask yourself - what signal will you use as a reminder to use your
ability to perform in this way? I use the feeling of sitting on my own and
getting tense as my mind goes blank. The signal can be something you see,
feel or hear inside or outside yourself and it must happen at or close to
the point of wanting to speak to someone. Other examples include seeing
yourself surrounded by a group of strangers, hearing someone ask you your
opinion, or the feeling that you want to be more outgoing even as you feel
yourself getting more self-conscious right now - why not use
self-consciousness to trigger better communication skills!
Imagine the signal happening and visualize yourself performing at your
best in the interview.
Some final points. Like anything in life it takes time to get really good
at mental rehearsal. Using this visualization technique for twenty minutes
a day will train your brain to perform new behaviors. The results will
Judge mental rehearsal by trying it out in the real world and decide for
yourself how effective it can be. Use it to prepare for those crucial job
interviews and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from knowing that you are
performing at your very best.
Eventually you will be able to use this approach in day-to-day situations
on the spur of the moment by focusing on using the power of your
Peter Murphy is a peak performance
expert. He recently produced a very popular 5 Day Persuasion Mastery
Ecourse. You can still enroll free if you send an e-mail to
Copyright © 2002-2007 Peter Murphy.
All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by permission.
07 February 2007
] [ Career Resources
] [ Social Work Articles ]