Attending an interview can be just as stressful as moving house – at the end of the day, they are both life-changing events. If you land the job you might open yourself up to new prospects, opportunities, higher salary, etc. so it’s important that your interview goes as well as you want it to.
Confidence is a crucial element of portraying yourself well to the interviewer – they will be looking for someone passionate to join their business and make a difference.
Research the company and the job role you are interviewing for. Knowing how to tailor your answers will demonstrate that you’ve taken the time to read up on them and understand what they need and how you can fulfil that need. If asked about the company and you have no answer you will look incredibly unprofessional, probably panic or may even have the interview cut short – perhaps all 3.
Practice with a friend or family member and get them to interrogate (not interview) you – if you prepare for worst case scenario then the real thing will be a breeze. Get them to ask difficult and random interviewing questions. Surely nothing can be as bad as what they’ll throw at you… and if the real interview is just as painful, at least it won’t throw you off.
Power posture before the interview, either at home or somewhere private, to increase testosterone levels (a natural boost of confidence). Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, hands on your hips or Superman, lift your head high and look mighty! You might feel a little silly at first, but apparently it’s a proven science.
And, if all else fails, fake it.
You don’t need to feel confident – the interviewer just needs to believe you are.
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.~ Marie Curie