Do you stress at the thought of interview?

Do you stress at the thought of interview?

Interviews are nerve-wracking, particularly if you haven’t had much experience with them. It can be very difficult to sell yourself in the right way, coming across as confident without being arrogant.

That’s why we’ve put together these tips on how to boost your interview confidence so that you can shine in front of a potential employer.

Be positive

If you’re the type of person who is very hard on themselves, now is the time to change your attitude. Imagine a positive outcome to your interview and tell yourself that you can achieve what you want to achieve.

Be clear about what you want

Being clear about your own career progression will help you to portray yourself confidently but not arrogantly.

Ask yourself what you want from the job you’re applying for and why you are the best one for the job. If you find it hard to look at yourself objectively, ask a friend to help you out.

Practise as much as you can

Improving your interview skills is the same as improving any skill – practising is the only way forward. Try coming up with a list of potential interview questions and ask a friend to quiz you.

Running through things beforehand will help you relax, but don’t panic or try to remember everything word-by-word. Being natural and honest is essential for any successful candidate.

Don’t underestimate the power of listening

An interview isn’t just about voicing things about yourself.

Companies are forever coming up with innovative styles of interviewing similar candidates and sometimes it is as important to listen to questions and information about the company as it is to speak.

Absorb as much as you can and impress interviewers by bringing that information back up later on.

Walk in confidently

Confidence is also about posture and tone of voice, so walk in with a straight back, a smile and greet your interviewer with a firm handshake

Take deep breaths and try to relax as much as possible. Remember that telling yourself that the interview will have a positive outcome will help you to be confident!


by Julia Molloy

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