How to Build Your Confidence in a Job Interview

Luci Peters, Posted at December 3, 2018, 8:49 am

It is completely wrong to assume that you should only prepare for tricky questions before going to the interview. Your language covers merely 10% of the message you intend to send. Most of the hiring manager’s impression is formed based on your body language and psychological state. Therefore, we recommend working on your self-esteem and confidence before the interview to send the right message that will land the right job for you. Job interviews are always nerve-wracking because any assessment or competition normally makes people concerned at the very least. Everyone would be nervous when they submitted their power and control to the person who would make an important decision regarding their future. However, there can be something behind simple nervousness, and this mis-confidence should be taken under control. It shows your weaknesses better than you speak of your strengths. Here are several tips on how to build your confidence and ace the job interview.

1) Do More

Many people think that their preparation for the interview ends when they have looked at the company’s website and checked the interviewer’s LinkedIn. In this case, we suggest overpreparing. Do more, dig deeper, find some analytics about the business and the industry. The more knowledge you gain before the interview, the better you can articulate it during the meeting. It will give you extra confidence and allow you to control the conversation. Build an outline of the interview and prepare short answers to remember what to talk about.

2) Be in Control

Job interviews, except for the technical ones, serve to get some answers to the questions not covered in the resume and to assess whether you are a good fit. Many specialists would not fit the work environment of a startup, so hiring them is a waste of time for recruiters. This is why, going to interviews, remember that they are mostly about you as a person than you as a professional. Most of the recruiters’ decisions hiring managers make during the first 5 minutes of the conversation. Your task is to win the first 60 seconds. Pay attention to your appearance, your manners, eye contact, how you sit and lean. Your hands show your nervousness so make sure your recruiter does not see them. Be energetic, listen and respond and your interviewer will be excited about you.

3) Plan Your First Answer

Most of the interviewers ask the same question first, which is “Tell me about yourself.” It is strange, but knowing this, many people still find themselves lost about what to answer. Therefore, prepare this opening answer in advance. This question provides a chance to give them a good story about you and take control over the situation. Start with a short overview of your working history, including your most notable achievements. Include something that makes you unique so that they understand why you are especially suited for this job.

4) Assess Your Weaknesses

Think of your career gaps or a spotty job history you have. Yes, it may negatively affect your confidence unless you are prepared to answer this question. Therefore, prepare a plan on how to address these issues with minimum losses. Be honest and admit things that made you stay unemployed for a certain period or change your employers too frequently. However, point out what you have learned and how you intend to transfer this knowledge to the new place if your candidature is approved. Assure your hiring manager that your goal is long-term employment with a maximum of commitment.

5) Think Different

When we go to job interviews, we often think only from our perspective. However, there is an underestimated secret that would add up to your confidence. Hiring managers go to these interviews every time hoping that this one is final. They hope it will work out and they will find The One. If you build your confidence over the fact that you are an excellent fit for this position, no one would ever be strong enough to persuade you to believe the opposite. Moreover, you will channel this confidence to others, and this may work out for your benefit.

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