Self-confidence is like air, it penetrates every moment of our lives, we can’t live without it. We need it not only at the beach to pose in those bikinis but at every area of our everyday lives so I thought to start a new series of articles to give a few tips how to conquer self-confidence and own it.
During the last couple of years I attended a few job interviews and whether the company hunted me down or I applied, I always had a mix feeling of anxiousness and excitement when I walked into the meeting rooms. Though I believe I had a fair enough of self-confidence, this feeling never left me and it is totally OK. So here are 5 tips how to be self-confident at a job interview, based on my own experience.
1. Visualize yourself in that position!
It shouldn’t come to you as a surprise, it’s all decided in the head. Mostly we are afraid because we don’t believe in ourselves and that we can make it. Our own fears hold us back and the question of what if we don’t succeed. First of all, my answer to that latter question: the Earth won’t stop moving around, believe me. The job which is yours and which awaits you, will be yours. But let’s switch that conversation in your head and imagine that you already have that job you are applying for. Obviously, dreams are not enough as you can’t skip hard work but I encourage you to go there with the vision in your head that you already got it. See yourself walking down those corridors as an employee, see as you lean towards the copy machine with your colleagues, envision solving a challenging task so see it all in details and not only the signed contract. It will boost your self-confidence and empower you!
2. What would Beyonce do
You can change the singer to any inspirational person who motivates you and whose hard work and struggles for success is a true inspiration to you. Someone who lifts you up and not someone you compare negatively yourself to (as that never ends well). Focus on the similarities and know that if they could make it so you can. Sure they were also nervous (just as Beyonce before a show) but they did not let fear stop them so they kept on going and that is exactly what you need to do as well!
3. Act the part
It is important to be yourself but no need to deny it, we all act the part a bit at job interviews to leave a good impression. And there is nothing wrong with that as it is ok not to fold your arms to give the impression of rejection and it is ok to slow down your speech at times. One of my favourite tips is a smile because that is truly contagious. It gives a positive charisma, openness and kindness to your appearance. Eye contact is also important because let’s just think about what you would think of someone who doesn’t look into your eyes? You surely don’t want your future boss to think that you are not interested in the job or that you lack of trust or self-confidence. Keep looking into their eyes!
4. Get prepared!
It goes without saying that you must prepare professionally and from the company and position you apply for but it is worth to think over a few typical interview questions. When you already have answer for these you automatically become more confident and in control of the situation and that will calm you down a bit. Such as why do you want this job, what is your best and worst feature (I may dedicate a separate article for this topic as it came up during a consultation I held and I believe there is nothing wrong with speaking about your bad habits or weak features), what is your biggest achievement or why you want to change your current job. Sure you already heard these but instead of answering them anxiously, get ready for these in advance!
5. Ask questions!
Not only about the position or if they give any extra benefits. I have experienced when I held interviews that people are afraid to show their “weakness” as that is how they look at asking questions. If something is not clear about the question or task given by the interviewer, just ask back, ask for help, ask for clarification, which is not a sin. Don’t forget, no question is stupid, only those you never ask!
I hope I could give you a few useful tricks and tips before embarking on the journey of interviews. Go for it and get it! I wish you self-confidence, own it!