Being confident from the moment you enter gives you a better chance of landing the job. And in feeling better about your performance once the interview’s over.
The good news is that self-confidence can renewed and regained. Here’s how:
1. Stand Strong
Amy Cuddy is an expert on how to project confidence. Her TED Talk about posture remains one of the most-viewed in TED history. And she’s very clear about how your body language impacts how you see -and present- yourself. Her remedy is finding a pose which makes you feel powerful, and using it to rev yourself up. Striking a power pose pushes up your hormone levels, giving you a biochemical lift.
Before the interview starts, strike a pose. Your body will thank you for it.
2. Rewrite Your Self Talk
Think about what’s triggering you to drop your confidence. Chances are it’s got a lot to do with self-talk. The way we speak to ourselves has a tremendous impact. And we can fall into patterns of negative self-talk that mimic the voices of people who have brought us down before.
The trick is to imagine the scenarios you’ll go through in the interview. If a negative thought pops into your head, write it down, and then rewrite it. Use the new positive version to reinforce your thinking when you go into that scenario. You can change the way things look when you change the way you look at things.
By re-writing your self-talk, you will change the way you feel and how you behave. Practice positive self-talk throughout your life and your confidence levels will soar.
3. Be Present In The Moment
The keys to confidence when interviewing are simple. Come prepared. Stay present, connected and engaged in the process. And know what you need to convey about yourself. Sounds easier than it is, we know. But the best way to do all that is to stay locked on where you are.
Connect with your interviewer. Drop the chance of distraction by staying engaged in the moment. Provide helpful answers to questions and stay interested in what they have to say. Focus on what you trying to achieve and insecurities, self-doubt and nerves can’t creep in.
4. Make Eye Contact
People respond positively to eye contact. It’s a huge contributor to the impression you’re making. Steady, natural eye contact leads people to think you’re more honest, more reliable and self-assured. Bingo.
A word of warning. You don’t want to stay so intensely focused on making eye contact that you end up sending out a creepy vibe! Take natural breaks – look down at your resume every once in a while. It’s a balancing act, so just keep rehearsing until it feels comfortable.
5. Aim to connect with interviewers, not impress them
In an interview, it’s important to come across as likeable. Maximise your confidence by focusing on building a rapport with your interviewer. This is more productive than trying to impress. Our own Megan Edwards says it’s about attitude.
“Candidates who grandstand and soapbox do themselves a disservice. The great ones are comfortable putting people at ease. They focus on connecting with people rather than focusing on the performance.”
6. Use breathing techniques to boost confidence
Believe it or not, your lungs are a tool for confidence. Feeling relaxed is key to feeling in control of a situation, which inspires confidence. Breathing helps you create a feeling of relaxation, which lets your tension ebb away. And slow, deep breathing will bring the oxygen back to your brains and help you to think clearly.
7. Imagine yourself succeeding
Picture yourself being successful and you’ll boost to your confidence and self-esteem. “Visualise the interview going well. Picture yourself shaking hands, talking comfortably, and feeling great about it,” says Megan. “You can calm any pre-interview nerves. and go in projecting confidence.”
8. Control Your Voice. And your Speech.
It’s often repeated that 93% of our communication is non-verbal. While the study that coughed up this idea has been widely disproven, there’s still some merit in the general idea. яндекс The words we say aren’t all that matters. The impression we have on others comes from a combination of traits. The biggest of which is our voice.
When we get nervous, we try and race to the end of our sentence. We try and provide more context or more content in a shorter time. Slowing down your voice makes you seem more in control, and demonstrates that you’re comfortable. And it creates space for the interviewer to ask for more detail or change topics.
9. Acknowledge and then put it aside
An old trick is to confront your nerves directly. “Taking a moment to say to yourself that it’s okay that you are nervous can often calm you down, ” says Megan. “Oddly, this often helps you lose that nervousness and get on with the job at hand.”
Those are our tips to defeating nerves at the job interview. Don’t forget to read our articles about phone interviews and general interview tips. If you’ve got any tips we’ve missed, we’d love you to comment and tell us!