Any fears and trepidation you have about yourself or the world around you could “stink” up a job interview without your knowing it.

Our mind is a wonder to behold as far as it’s ability to observe, retain and reason through the solutions to life’s problems. That organ alone has not been duplicated by science by more than 10% of it’s capability.

That being said, it can be poisoned by fears, anxiety, anger and eventually hate if we ingest too much fear-producing information.

Sorry to say, but most of the information we harvest from the news media and internet has a tendency to incite fears and insecurity more so than confidence in yourself or the people around you.

Therefore, when in a job search mode, deliberately restrict yourself from too much of that kind of information. Restrict the amount of harmful mental inputs that will take root in your psychic. This concept is very old.

It is even referred to in the Holy Bible, at Philippians 4:8, where we are encouraged to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous things and things that are praise worthy.

Then, when in an interview or networking situation, the other person will be lifted by your sweet-smelling, calm spirit. With so much insecurity and anxiety residing in people’s subconscious, a peaceful, got-it-together spirit will stand out in a very positive way.

Tammy Holyfield, of Holyfield International, gave a presentation to the Triad Job Search Network on the power of controlling our negative input in order to have the aura of success when interacting with insider contacts and prospective employers.

Seasoned job seekers have an edge on many younger job seekers in that they have a better understanding and grasp on how to deal with crisis situations. Companies who have a large millennial work force are looking for that understanding. Therefore, older seekers are advised to change their diets of wall-to-wall news and their association of friends who are always spreading foul words about the terrible state of the job market and world situation.

Younger workers are such a sponge for information that they are highly susceptible to every trendy movement and fad. They will fall for the new Tide, that just changed the label on an old product. Older workers can help them think more clearly around the current hype.

We cannot change the world around us, but we can change the way we react to a given stimulus. That reaction shapes they way we interact. Our contact with an interviewer or a networker can be shaped to provide them with a great, positive experience that they will remember fondly or a negative one that leaves a foul taste in their mouth.

We control that!

Get the daily newsletter in your inbox each morning with today's top stories.

Glenn Wise is owner of Right Hire Solutions, which provides prescreening and outplacement programs for companies in the Triad. Contact Wise at (336) 509-5606 or