How To Build Self Confidence (Before An Interview)
If you are not confident at interview, it’s likely that you will not progress through the phases of the interview process to get the job that you want. I personally was never a naturally confident interviewee in my early career but as I became more experienced in work and life and in dealing with people, my confidence grew and it also helped that I have inside knowledge of how the interview process works. You can contact me to talk more about your interview strategy
There are seven key things that I would always do before I started interviews and I have no doubt that each of these items helped to boost my confidence. I believe that if you take a similar approach and combine it with your methods then you’ll be a lot more confident and have more success. The reason this is so important is because first impressions really do count especially at interview and confidence is probably the top of the list when it comes to factors that interviewers take into consideration when hiring new people for their business and team.
Remind Yourself of What You’ve Achieved
You can guarantee that you are going to be asked questions about your career history. There may be particular points where you will be asked to focus on specific highlights and points in your career. I always make a point of reviewing my CV to remind myself of what I have achieved in my career and also the highlights from each role.
Highlights for me include travelling abroad at a very young very age to places like Qatar, Las Vegas, Hamburg and Frankfurt in order to meet new clients and get new clients on board. That was a very exciting time for me.
Other highlights include making a smooth transition from a career in recruitments to work in marketing. I have had personal success in recruitment and have been promoted on several occasions. As much as money is not my main driver, I have been able to make lots of money for my previous bosses to help build their businesses and teams and through my recruitment and marketing efforts I’ve been able to help and reach hundreds if not thousands of people to help them with their career goals. From a personal standpoint, all of this has enabled me to build my family home, to have a settled and happy life. This fills me with confidence whenever I think about it.
Recap On What Other Say About You
Another big confidence booster for me and something that should be a confidence boost for you would be to review references and endorsements to remind yourself of what others think about you. For example managers and ex colleagues. It’s all well and good saying you’ve achieved this, that and the other but testimonials from others add credibility and extra sparkle to your achievements. For me knowing that colleagues and managers have appreciated my work and have gone to the lengths of writing references and testimonials adds to my confidence.
Know Your Value
By the day of the interview I would have already convinced myself that I’m the best person for the job. I know my strengths and areas in which I need to improve. I’m also confident that wherever I work I will add value above and beyond what anybody else can bring to the role. I guess that belief stems from my competitive nature and the fact that whenever I sit in front of an interviewer, they have a job to sell themselves just as much as I do.
Remember That The Interviewer Is Probably Just As Nervous As You
One important thing to remember is that whoever is interviewing you i.e. the CEO, the manager or a team member is likely to be inexperienced when it comes to interviewing people and may therefore be quite anxious that they make the right impression, ask the right questions in order to make the right decision. I always took it upon myself to provide them with as much information as possible about myself and my career to make it easier to make a decision and to put their mind at ease but knowing that the interviewer is likely to be just as nervous and probably inexperienced helped me to overcome my nerves and boosted my confidence.
Get A Coach
I’ve noticed that many people particularly in the UK underestimate the power of coaching in order to boost confidence. Maybe some people see it as an admission of weakness but the truth is many people undertake coaching. Even the most experienced business owners and CEOs have coaches and mentors. That’s because they realise that a personal coach can give perspective, insight and advice and for a relatively small investment the long-term rewards can make a difference in seeing you across the line.
I have a personal coach who was able to spot potential flaws in my body language, facial expressions and delivery of my answers. That helped me to iron out the kinks so that I could give a more polished performance and gave me the confidence and reassurance that I was close to 100% in my preparation.
Choose Your Friends Wisely
I have a mix of both positive and negative friends and family. I always find that when I speak to the pessimists I’m always having to find positives in order to boost my own confidence and perspective of the world. That saps a lot of my energy so in preparing for an interview I would always try to speak to those who are more optimistic and positive in their thoughts and feelings, especially those who were able to make me laugh so that I could take my mind off what was to come.
There were also those who were able to help me to focus on what I was doing and look at the positives first which was a great boost for my own confidence. The message here is to surround yourself with confident, positive and optimistic people because it’s likely to rub off on you.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
Preparation is the key and it underpins everything that I’ve said previously. I would always prepare to the nth degree and sometimes I over prepare so that I was ready for anything that the interviewer had to throw at me. I would prepare questions. I would prepare answers to likely questions. I would want to know about the team, the key people within the business, how the business is performing, the business’s competitors. I’d prepare my mind, my clothes, my shoes you name it. There’d be nothing that I would miss out or leave to chance. All of this preparation helped me to boost my self-belief and confidence because I’d go in there thinking that there is no question that the interviewer could ask me that I wouldn’t be able to answer with clarity and confidence. I’d go in there looking my best and in the knowledge that I had everything that the interviewer needed to fulfil the role…
Here’s what to do next
How do you prepare for interviews and meetings? I want you to review some testimonials from your previous managers and also have a look at your resume to and reflect on achievements from your previous roles. Can you pick out 3 particular achievements that you’re really proud of and figure out which of them is relevant to your up and coming interview?You can contact me today to talk more about your interview strategy