Most of us experience some level of wavering confidence when it comes to a job interview.
It’s pretty natural.
After all, it’s a critical meeting that could significantly impact our future. (Yes that’s a lot of pressure!)
And it’s especially challenging when it’s a job we really, really want. Perhaps the dream position we have been waiting for?
We begin an inner dialogue with ourselves as we wait for the interview.
What are they going to ask? Do I have the experience they are looking for? What if they don’t like me or if I don’t like them? What if they ask me something I don’t know. What if there are candidates who are better qualified?
All perfectly normal thoughts. But thoughts that can take a big bite out of our confidence.
And yet we know how important it is to appear confident. We want the prospective employer to feel like they are making the right decision to hire us!
It’s just a matter of focusing on the correct reality.
The fact is…you have many great reasons to feel very, very confident.
Don’t focus on the nerves or let self-doubt cloud your demeanor.
You were called for an interview. Yes YOU. Out of dozens (or more likely hundreds) of applicants, the hiring manager believes you could be the one for the job. Most hiring managers interview relatively few candidates – often only 3 to 5. Think about that. Out of all those resumes yours stood out. Good for you!
This point alone should give you all the confidence you need to have a great interview.
2. You have the experience that can help.
The hiring manager has a need. You have the experience to help. Focusing on how you can make a contribution to this company is a more positive and confidence-boosting perspective than dwelling on what this job can do for you.
3. You know your stuff.
Remember when you read the job posting? How you mentally checked off pretty much everything they were looking for in the way of experience? And how your qualifications were a good match? Keep those thoughts in mind when you head to the interview. You know what you are capable of and how to get the job done.
4. You have a unique set of experience that no one else has.
It is highly unlikely that anyone else being interviewed for this position has exactly the same experience as you. Which means you bring something unique to the table. It makes you a one-of-a-kind offering. A value proposition. Perhaps your particular combination of experience and demeanor is exactly what they need. Feel the power of your uniqueness.
5. You have done your homework (You have haven’t you?)
Nothing does more to support confidence than being prepared. You have reviewed the job listing to ensure you are very familiar with their requirements. You have reviewed all of your experience and have accomplishments top of mind. You have researched the hiring company, learned as much as possible about the people and the environment. If you have done all of that then you should be feeling comfortable and confident as you enter the interview. You know what questions you want to ask to ensure this is the fit for you and to show the hiring your interest. You are ready.
6. You are interviewing the employer as much as they are interviewing you.
This interview is as much for you as it is the employer. This is your time to make sure both the job and the company are a good fit for you. You will have a chance to ask questions of the interviewer just as they will ask them of you. Keeping this perspective in mind can be a great help to your confidence level. It mentally shifts your thinking to a more collaborative process where both parties want this to work.
7. You have the final say
Here’s a great truth that will help calm the nerves and boost the confidence. You actually have the final say. Think of this. Even if you are offered the job, you can decline. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that’s what you would want to do or should do. I’m simply pointing out a reality. You have the final say. This perspective-altering thought should help ground your thinking and allow you to proceed through the interview with great confidence.
Confidence reflects a feeling of security and trust. (Just don’t cross over to cocky! That will lose you the opportunity faster than anything.)
The hiring manager wants to feel that you are capable of not only taking on the job at hand but also managing anything else that comes your way.
In a confident mindset you are more likely to think clearly. You will capably tap into examples of how your background and experience make you the right person for the job. You will assure the hiring manager you know your stuff.
Your confidence will give THEM the confidence to hire you!
It’s all a matter of mindset.
Be confident. You have plenty of reason!
Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com
As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.
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