Like most people, I consider myself a fan of music. I’m one of those people that always has music playing be it in my car, apartment, or a friend’s house; I can’t go long without listening to something.
Every time I prepare myself in the morning before an interview, the routine is pretty much the same. Wake up and take a shower while listening to the radio. Put on a suit and jacket, and grab my portfolio. Then, I drive or take public transportation to said interview while listening to a playlist of songs I find inspiring.
Yes, it may be a bit cheesy but it seems to do the trick to get me into the right mindset of not only interviewing well but knowing I will do all I can to impress the interviewer. What’s my song of choice? Well, “Lose Yourself” by Eminem of course.
I know it’s a bit odd. I’m not B-Rabbit trying to rap my way into a better life but the principles of the song are pretty relatable for any job seeker. Knowing that “success is the only option and failure is not,” is a pretty powerful statement to get me pumped.
Another line in the song I love is the introduction: “If you had one shot. One moment. Would you capture it, or just let it slip?”
This song became my go-to interview song not long after it came out. However, then it was my go-to song to help me get ready for an audition for a play or a casting call.
Remember that playlist of inspiring songs I mentioned? Well, here’s just a few more of the songs I find helpful to get me pumped before an interview. If you’re a fellow job seeker, I hope these can help you get ready to hit the ball out of the park for your next interview.
In no particular order:
“Don’t Rain On My Parade” by Barbra Streisand from “Funny Girl”
“Shadow Days” by John Mayer
“I Have Confidence” by Julie Andrews from “The Sound of Music”
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem
“The Voice Within” by Christina Aguilera
“Believer” by Christina Milian
“Hold On, I’m Coming” by Sam & Dave
“Sing for the Moment” by Aerosmith
“Soar” by Christina Aguilera
“Best of You” by The Foo Fighters
“Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer
“Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine
“Baby, Dream Your Dream” from “Sweet Charity”
“Back In Black” by AC/DC
“Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who
“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
“Lemon Drop” by Pistol Annies
“Oh Sherrie” by Steve Perry
“The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco
“Fly” by Nicki Minaj and Rihanna
“Moment 4 Life” by Nicki Minaj
“Power” by Kanye West