Apparently, listening to bass-heavy music, such as 50 Cent’s In Da Club or Queen’s We Will Rock You, just before a job interview makes people feel more in control and focused.
The Society For Personality And Social Psychology tested two different groups of people, getting them to listen to bass-heavy or ‘low power’ music. Researchers discovered that those in the first group were more inclined to take control in situations such as job interviews and client meetings. Conversely, those in the second group were meeker in the same situations, and made more mistakes in a test measuring abstract thinking.
The report’s co-author Derek Rucker, a professor at Kellogg School Of Management, told Kellogg Insight: “Just as professional athletes might put on empowering music before they take the field to get them in a powerful state of mind, you might try listening to bass-heavy music in certain situations where you want to be empowered.”
While we don’t suggest that you enter your interview humming or bopping away to yourself, it seems like a bit of motivational music couldn’t hurt in your pre-interview warm up. It’s all about giving you confidence, enthusiasm and energy which will help you come across well in your interview. Just the same as sitting up properly, looking the interviewer in the eye and projecting you voice will help you come across as confident. And if you are feeling particularly nervous, why not try positive visualisation: when you’re doing your interview prep, find a quiet time and place to simply close your eyes and imagine what a successful interview would be like. Picture yourself answering all the questions well, being calm and confident throughout, asking inciteful questions at the end and leaving feeling positive and happy. Again, it’s what all the professional athletes do, visualising a successful race/game/throw/jump etc. And if it’s good enough for Andy Murray it’s good enough for us!
What music do you like to listen to, to get yourself motivated? Let us know by leaving your comments.