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How Can I Use Feng Shui In a Job Interview?

May 13, 2022



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I'm Dena — Career Discovery Coach. I'm here to help you discover your life purpose and make it your dream job.

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What is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is an ancient art and science that was developed over 3,000 years ago in China. The literal translation of “feng” means wind and “shui” means water. It refers to the practice of purposefully using energies to achieve internal and external balance. Although mostly known in the fields of home design and architecture, Feng Shui is about creating harmony between humans and their surroundings. Hence, it has many practical applications in every day life.

Ace Your Interview With Feng Shui

Whether in person or remote, you can use two key elements from Feng Shui to provide you with a supportive and harmonious environment during an important job interview or business negotiations. These are the Command Position and Your Success Direction.

I will explain below how to use these two concepts in both a remote and an in person interview environments.

The Command Position

The command position, also called the power position, is one of the most important concepts in feng shui. The command position indicates that the way we position our bed and desk can have a significant impact in every area of our lives. The emphasis is on creating a secure and controlled environment. In its simplest terms, it requires two key components: A solid wall behind you (so you can feel secure) and an unobstructed angled view of the door in front of you (so you can feel in command).

Your Success Direction

You can calculate your success direction using the concept of the “kua number” in feng shui. This number can provide important insights on the ideal directions to face for your bed, your desk and even your house. Your kua number will provide you with four auspicious directions (success, health, love and personal growth). Once you calculated your success direction, keep it somewhere you can easily access and use a compass, there is a built in app in many phones or you can download one, to help you identify it in whichever setting you maybe.

Feng Shui During An Interview

To leverage the power of feng shui during your interview, it is ideal to set up your seating arrangement to be in the command position and face your success direction. However, it is not always possible to do both. If you find yourself in this predicament, prioritize the command position first.

In-person Interview

For an in-person interview, it might not always be possible for you to choose your seating arrangements. The interviewer might already be seated in the interview room or the layout might not be ideal. Hence, I recommend that you arrive early enough to increase your chances of being in the interview room first. Once you are in, identify the possible seats that would allow you to be in the command position first. Then use the compass to select the one that faces as closely as possible your success direction. If the success direction is not possible, you can also face one of your other lucky directions as an alternative.

Remote Interview

For a remote interview, you may have a bit more leeway to set up your command position and success direction. However, you should still set up early enough so that you can feel and get accustomed to the energy of the space. It can be very unsettling to try to rush and set up your space five minutes before the interview. Distractions at home are also more likely than in the office; such as a pet, a child or other family members. Hence, it is important that you operate in a quiet environment preferably with the door closed in order to fully benefit from these powerful feng shui practices.