Interview Like a Pro: 10 Tips to Boost Your Confidence

Interview Like a Pro: 10 Tips to Boost Your Confidence
From Recruiter - January 5, 2017

You found itthe job you really want to go after. You got your name in front of the right people andwaited. Then the call finally camethey want you to interview for the position!

Yes! You did it! You got theinterview!

Then it hits you: This is your ideal job. You really do not want to blow it.

It is about this time that your nervous system conspires with your brain to start creating worst-case scenarios. Then the rest of your body joins the funthe sweats, shortness of breath, faintness, and rapid heartbeat, among other things.

If this is what happens when youre just thinking about the interview, what are your central nervous system, cerebrum, and respiratory system going to do to you when you actually sit down to interview? Give you excessively sweaty palms, a limp handshake, the fidgets, flailing hands, a rambling mouth, and an aversion to eye contact? The telltale signs of nerves.

Before your body and mind take you hostage, take a minute to back up and re-board the success trainif you want to be able to go to that interview as the calm, cool, collected professionalyou are.

Everyone gets nervous, and a bit of nerves is expected during an interview. However, nervousness to the point of not being able to function is another, career-sabotaging thing. Confidence is critical during the job searchand especially during interviews.

To gain confidence, or at least exude it when youre not completely feeling it, here are 10 actionsyou can take:

1. Research

Do your due diligence on the position and company. Find out as much as you can about the companys mission, values, and activities. Look beyond web reviews and landing pages. Dig deep.

2. Plan

Plot your route to the interview. Incorporate extra time in case oftraffic and plan alternative routes in case of unexpected delays. Drive the route a couple times beforehand if possible to become familiar with it. Try driving it around the same time of day youll drive to your interview in order to prep for the usual traffic patterns.

3. Organize

In the days before the interview, determine what you will be wearing for the interview and set it out to make sure it is in tip-top shape. Print out extra copies of your resume and any supporting information or materials that you will be taking with you.

4. Practice

Do a little research on typical and difficult interview questions and practice answering them in front of a mirror. This will allow you to evaluate your body language and identify any tells of nervousness, which you can then eliminate before the interview.

Do notcreate preplanned, word-for-word scripted responses to any interview questions! Instead, use note cards to jot down key words and concepts you want to express in your answers and practice incorporating them naturally into your responses. You want to appear confident, and a rehearsed, memorized answer signals a total lack of confidence.

Also practice relating why your strengths, skills, and expertise make you a natural fit for the organization. Be ready to give examples of how you do what you do, when you have failed, and when you have succeeded. These are the sorts of scenarios youll need to recall in order to answer behavioral questions.

5. Relax

Easier said than done. However, this is when you use your respiratory system to your advantage.

It is not always easy to take deep breathes, but counting as you breathe forces you to concentrate on your breathing and not the runaway thoughts in your head.

Breathe in for a count of three and out for a count of five. A difference in numbers also helps you concentrate on your breathing and the feeling of your body relaxing.

6. Anticipate


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