Preparing Mentally and Emotionally for Your Job Search

When you think of starting your job search, you may visualize creating a new resume, contacting previous employers to provide a reference and looking for an interview outfit! While these are components of preparing to look for a job, it’s important not to neglect the mental and emotional preparation that is also necessary. Here are some tips for getting ready mentally and emotionally for your job search for a traditional or remote position.


Research  top questions the interviewer will most likely ask. If possible, find out from others what kinds of questions tend to be asked at this company, and find out as much as you can about the company through sites like Glassdoor. You can determine their values and goals, and figure out much of what they are looking for in an employee.

If it is a position for a family or small business, ask a ton of questions during the interview!

When you rehearse, you might want to do it in front of a mirror, or with a friend. This helps you prepare your mind for the interview, and understand how you are perceived by others.


Try relaxation exercises! They’ll help prepare you both mentally and emotionally. They help you get your attention focused, centered, and calm. Deep breathing is an excellent exercise; meditation takes it a bit further along the preparedness scale. Doing these kinds of exercises before your interview can help get your mindset in the right place, and keep your emotions down.

Don’t Take It Personal

One of the many ways to prepare yourself for your interview is to recognize that you might not get the job. After all, not everyone who applies get the position; it’s just a fact of life. So before your interview, go over how you will respond if the answer is no.

Have some steps planned out and some practical things you can do in the face of rejection. This can help ease the emotional upset that comes from getting a “no” answer. Make sure, though, that you don’t take this too far – you don’t want to go in with a defeated attitude or with the idea that you “know” you won’t make it. This is just a preparatory attitude – just in case you don’t get the job, you have a plan. This may make you more relaxed anyway, and you won’t appear desperate to the interviewer.

Visualize it into existence

Visualizing yourself in a successful position with the company helps get your mind ready for success. Get a good mental picture of what your position will look like. Visualize interactions you’ll have; how you’ll feel waking up to this new experience and the sound of typing on your computer; imagine talking to a satisfied client or customer on the phone.

Mentally visualize the sensory experience of the job you want, whether you’re applying for a job as a nanny or executive personal assistant. It’s said that positive visualization actually enhances your chances of success.

Try these exercises to keep from overwhelm and anxiety that often comes with job searching! What are some other methods you implement to keep from burning out?