You’ve got your outfit sorted, done some thorough research, planned your route and prepared some questions to ask. In other words, you’re all set for the big interview! The only thing left to do is get yourself in the right mindset to tackle that tricky meeting.
If you can walk into your interview with your head held high, brimming with confidence and visualising a successful outcome, it stands to reason that you’ll leave a positive impression on your interviewer.
So to help you get pumped up, inspired and ready for anything, we’ve compiled a list of ten terrific motivational tunes to get you in the zone!
Missy Elliott – ‘Get Ur Freak On’
You’ll be tapping your feet and nodding your head as soon as you hear the intro to this belter from the undisputed queen of hip hop. However, it needs to be more than just a stone-cold classic to make our list, we need plenty of pre-interview motivation too! Thankfully the lyrics, ‘I’m the hottest round, y’all can’t stop me now’ will make you feel invincible and ready to take on the world.
Survivor – ‘Eye of the Tiger’
No motivational song list on the planet would be complete without this 80s rock staple. Originally the theme song to Rocky III, it’s now the soundtrack to self-motivation and will spur you on to reach greater heights. Simply plug in your headphones, hit play and prepare for instant inspiration! Interesting fact: Sylvester Stallone only commissioned Survivor to write the song because Queen refused him permission to use ‘Another One Bites The Dust.’
Daft Punk – ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’
Not only does this 2001 release from the French dance music duo have a stonking anime video, it also has a title that should be repeating in your head as you stroll to your job interview. Thinking of yourself as ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ than the other applicants will certainly put you in the right frame of mind to tackle the task ahead.
Dizzee Rascal – ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’
It’s a great idea to pump this song out when you’re dressing for your meeting as ‘looking sharp’ is a must for any interview. Dig a little deeper though and you’ll find some inspiration in the lyrics too. ‘Fellas wanna stop me they’ll probably come together / It’s probable they’ll stop me, probably never.’ If you can walk into the building feeling unstoppable, that sentiment will come across in your performance, making you more attractive to the recruiter.
Beyonce – ‘Run The World’
As empowerment anthems go, it’s hard to top ‘Run The World’. The defiantly aggressive lyrics promote independence, with Beyonce calling out to ‘…all my girls / That’s in the club rocking the latest / Who will buy it for themselves and get more money later.’ If you’re looking for a much-needed boost of assertiveness, this is the track for you.
Journey – ‘Don’t Stop Believin’
Job hunting can be a dispiriting experience. We’ve all endured the disappointment of missing out on roles and it can be difficult to motivate yourself and recover from a setback. At times like these, you need Journey’s rock anthem to give you a jolt out of the doldrums. ‘Don’t stop believin’ / Hold on’ are wise words that will encourage you to keep going and keep chasing that dream job. If it’s good enough to inspire numerous American sports teams, it’s good enough for us!
Queen – ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’
According to studies, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ is The Most Feel-Good Song Of All Time. It’s not difficult so see why. From start to finish, the whole song is one long burst of positivity and optimism, so it’s an absolute cert for our pre-interview tracklisting. If lyrics like ‘I’m a shooting star leaping through the skies / Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity / I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva / I’m gonna go go go There’s no stopping me’ don’t get you fired up, nothing will!
Des’ree – ‘You Gotta Be’
We’ve mainly journeyed through uptempo rock and rap so far in our quest for motivational music, but this understated effort from British soul singer Des’ree proves that inspiring doesn’t have to be fast and frenetic. It’s ideal for interview preparation as the song extols the virtues of remaining cool and collected at the same time as being bold and strong. If you can show a recruiter that you’re calm under pressure whilst displaying focus and self-assurance, you’re on the right track to interview success.
Nolan Porter – ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’
Emerging during the popular Northern Soul movement of the late 1960s, this classic from Nolan Porter is a fabulous example of the fast-tempo, black American soul music that defines the genre. Not only is it a guaranteed floor filler, it’s another great tune to have at hand if you need a little positivity when things are tough. As Nolan sings, ‘You gotta keep on keepin’ on, no matter how hard it is / You gotta keep on keepin’ on, no matter how rough it gets / Keep on, keep strong.’ Sage advice indeed.
Iggy Pop – ‘Lust For Life’
The title of this 1977 release from musical maverick Iggy Pop tells you a lot about how you should approach a job interview. Displaying passion and hunger for a role will impress any recruiter and go a long way towards improving your chances of being offered the position. You should also have a listen to the lyrics and make a note of the line ‘I’m worth a million in prizes.’ Self-esteem is a crucial aspect of success in interviews, helping you to be more relaxed, think clearly and deal with any tough questions calmly and rationally.
Agree with this selection or have we missed an obvious choice? Perhaps you have a motivational track in mind that you’d like to share with others? Whatever your opinion, drop me an email and I’ll add your suggestions to the bottom of the blog.