Interviewing for a job can be an exciting and daunting task. Since it is such an important step in the job search process, your attitude and first impressions during an interview can make or break the entire opportunity. In order to be successful, you must know how to present yourself well in front of potential employers. If you struggle with talking about your strengths and weaknesses, being open about your skills and qualifications, or describing why you’re a good fit for the company, here are a few tips that may help to boost your confidence in a job interview.
1. Research interview questions and prepare answers.
The internet is full of resources that will present to multiple kinds of interview questions– like our Spark Hire blog! If you’re able, ask the hiring manager what the job interview will be like. They may use a system such as behavioral based interviewing, which will help guide your research. If you’re not able to get that information, simply search for general interview questions and prepare answers to them. It may be helpful to write down you answers and say them out loud in order them feel natural during the job interview.
2. Ask someone to conduct a mock interview with you.
If you’re in college, you can probably ask for a mock interview with an employee from a career or development center. If you’re no longer in school, ask a mentor, networking contact or close friend or family member to sit down with you and rehearse your answers.
3. Research the company so that you’re not taken off guard.
Use the company’s website, as well as other relevant news, to determine how you might fit into their vision and mission. This will help you field questions such as: why are you a good gift for this company? How can you benefit this company with your skills?
4. Make a list of your best qualifications.
Make sure you know exactly why you are qualified for the position for which you are applying. Sit down with a pad of paper and a pen and make a list of your personal and professional credentials. If you need help, ask someone you trust to help you brainstorm. This will probably help prepare you for questions during the job interview and also help you see how gifted and prepared you are, thus giving way to more confidence.
5. Make sure you feel good during the day prior to the interview.
Create a relaxed atmosphere around yourself by preparing everything you can ahead of time. Set out your clothes for the interview far in advance; look up directions and save or print them off; drive the route beforehand. A relaxed build-up to the job interview will help you stay calm while under the pressure of interview questions from a hiring manager.
6. Do something out of the ordinary to inspire you.
What gives you confidence or the inspiration and motivation needed to accomplish something? Read an inspirational speech; browse encouraging quotations; exercise; watch an inspiring movie; listen to the music you love; or spend a few quiet minutes outside.
The most important thing to remember is that you are in control of the way you present yourself. Don’t be bashful when selling your qualifications, experience and career goals. A job interview is exactly the place where you may feel free to proudly sing your own praises. Build up your confidence and exude it in your job interview.
How do you build up your confidence and exude it in a job interview? Share with us in the comments section below!
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