How to build the confidence?
In fact, job interviews are as much for your benefits as the company's.
The company has an opportunity to get to know you, and it's a chance for you to decide whether you want to work for them.
Once you make this mind-set shift, it puts you back in control and automatically gives you more confidence. It helps you deal with any anxiety and reduces
your stress levels.
Here are five steps you can take before a job interview to increase your confidence and reduce your nervousness.
- Be Prepared
- Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you hadn't prepared enough?
Most candidates go to a job interview and hope to be selected. This strategy - or lack of - rarely does anyone justice, and cuts your chances of a job offer.
So what should you prepare?
Think about the obvious questions. If you were the interviewer, how would you test whether somebody had the skills, characteristics and experience you're looking
Prepare answers to the more common questions. There's no way you can prepare for every question they throw at you, but if you've thought through strong responses
to the more obvious questions, it will be easier to come up with compelling answers to anything you're asked on the day.
- Act Confident
Even if you're not feeling confident, act confident.
Your mindset and the way you hold your body will affect your interview nerves and will impact your performance.
Pretend if you have to. Do whatever you need to do to feel confident, without appearing arrogant.
Try it now. If you were really nervous, how would you be sitting? Would you slouch and look at the ground? Get in that position. What do you notice?
Then change your position to how you would sit if you were confident and believed you could get the job. Perhaps you'd sit more upright and make good eye contact.
Try it out now. How much more confident do you feel?
- Ask For Help
If you've had a few "thanks, but no thanks" interviews, then this can knock your confidence.
You might want to kick-start your interview performance by asking for help.
If you prefer to work through things on your own, there's a great range of books and e-courses out there to help.
Or maybe you'd rather work with an expert to get some objective feedback and advice from an experienced friend.
The most important thing you can do to relax before an interview is to work out what stresses you.
Are you the kind of person who can't sleep until you've checked your suit and travel directions for the 10th time
If yes, make a check-list and tick everything off before you go to bed that night. Then forget about it.
Review your CV, your company research and answers to the typical questions - then put them away, long before bedtime.
Do whatever you would normally do to relax, whether that's reading a good book or taking a bath to maximise your chances of getting a good night's sleep.
If you find stress is really an issue for you, you might be interested in James Manktelow's online stress management masterclass. Reduce your job interview
nerves with the Stress Management Masterclass.
- And Finally. Smile!
The most important thing you can do to relax before an interview is smile!
It might sound odd, but smiling releases endorphins, which are the body's natural antidote to stress.
So if you get to that interview and notice your nerves creeping up on you, take a deep breath in, breathe out slowly and smile.
Ten things that an interviewer looks in you
- Family background
- General ability
- Interpersonal skills
- Plesant looks