Meet Kavir

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According to reports, throughout his initial job interviews, he appeared nervous, thinking only of his competitors' accomplishments and that he wouldn't be a match for them.

But then he changed his perspective and began using self-encouraging statements like "I have many accomplishments."

He started to take control of all the interviews with confidence.

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Positive affirmation was the cornerstone of Kavir's confidence.

If you want to get the job offer of your dreams, learning positive affirmations is the first step in boosting your confidence.

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What are positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations are short sentences spoken in the present tense with strong, uplifting words that help you get rid of negative thinking patterns.

For example, to beat interview anxiety, you could practice saying:

I'm calm and confident.

As you continue to repeat them and firmly believe in them, they start to become true!

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In addition to an overall improvement in outlook, practicing positive affirmations offers immediate benefits:

  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem

  • Control over frustration, annoyance, and impatience

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How do positive affirmations help you feel more confident?

According to a study, positive affirmations trigger the brain's reward centers.

A gentleman is seen practicing positive affirmations in front of mirror by repeating 'I'm good enough. I'm smart enough'.

When these reward centers are stimulated, your anxiety begins to calm and you start feeling confident.

By activating these reward centers through positive affirmations, you can reduce anxiety, boost confidence, and increase your chances of a successful interview.

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How do you practice positive affirmations before a job interview?

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Follow these steps to make the most of positive affirmations before your job interview:

  1. Set up an affirmative statement regarding the type of experience you think you'll have in your next few job interviews.

    For example, "I should impress my interviewers with my abilities."

  2. Set it in the present tense.

    "I impress my interviewers with my abilities."

  3. Say the affirmation when you first wake up, before you go to bed, and as often as possible throughout the day.

    'Mind attracts the things which are fed in it continuously'.

Quiz

Fida has a job interview next week. She keeps saying, "I'll be successful in my interview," as she practices positive affirmation. Is she correct in her approach?

Need some pointers to frame your first positive affirmation?

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Use the following fill-in-the-blanks templates to generate your first positive affirmation:

  • I am ----- about this interview.

  • I am ----- for this position.

  • I ----- from everyone else.

  • I demonstrate my skills -----.

Use strong, uplifting words!

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Some possible responses to these blanks are "very confident," "perfect," "stand out," and "confidently" respectively, but go with what works best for you.

Take this survey to learn about your character strengths so you can fill in the blanks according to your personal profile.

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Are you ready to practice positive affirmations to increase your confidence and succeed in the upcoming job interview?

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Satarupa Das Majumder

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