How to boost your confidence at a job interview when the world is opening up again but you haven’t been back into the office for a while and your confidence is rock bottom. Here are 7 tips to help boost your confidence at a job interview
1) Try to connect with the interviewers
Everyone want to work in an environment they like to it stands to reason that in an interview it’s important to come across as likeable. So, focus on building a rapport with your interviewer rather than impressing him or her. The relaxed you can be the more you will come across as your “authentic” self.
Focus on Connection rather than performance
2)Breathing techniques can help to boost confidence
Relaxation and confidence go hand in hand. So breathing and mindfulness exercises can be helpful. When we are anxious our blood flows away from our brains as we are in fight or flight mode, and our cognitive functions can suffer. Slow, deep breaths will bring the oxygen back to your brains and help you to think clearly.
Relaxation and confidence go hand in hand
3) You are on your side – Be kind to yourself before the interview!
Act like your own best friend and try to rephrase any critical negative thoughts that come into your head. It is up to you to tell the interview panel what you have to offer, they are not mind readers after all! Don’t be afraid to sell yourself. What would your best friend say about you ? Say the same to yourself.
Don’t be afraid to sell yourself.
4) Relaxation exercises can curb anxiety
Its important to focus on the present moment, either by concentrating on your breathing or being present in your body for a few moments. It will help calm you down. In the interview remember to speak slowly, its perfectly acceptable to pause and think through answers, slowing down and thinking through answers. May take a bit of practice but will pay dividends. Don’t be afraid of silences. Sometimes leaving pauses in your sentences will help you take command of the situation.
Focus on the present moment
5) Imagine success
Picturing yourself being successful at an upcoming job interview will give a boost to your confidence and self-esteem. Before you go in start visualising a successful interview: imagine how you walk to the room, shake the interviewer’s hands and answer the questions with confidence. This technique will help calm any pre-interview nerves.
Having a strong belief that you are the best person for the job really helps you relax and feel more confident. Also if , in the unlikely event of someone else getting the job, having a positive mind set means it makes it easier to accept and think of it as learning curve rather than a crunching blow.
You are the best person for the job
6) Prepare Prepare Prepare!
Going into an interview with prepared answers for most questions, takes the pressure off and you walk in confident you’ll know your stuff. To make sure you’re well-equipped, rehearse potential interview answers with a friend.
Look at the skills, experience, knowledge and personal qualities you have and think of examples showing how you developed these. It’ll make all the difference to your confidence.
Find example to shine
Before an interview, welcome any anxiety. Thank it for coming and smile that its here. Now you’ve acknowledge the nerves what them go away and walk in ready to smash that interview !
At EW Recruitment we are dedicated in providing you with the best personal recruitment service. Please Contact us and we will be there every step of the way to help you in the process. Providing you with support on how to prepare and impress. Check out our tips, hints and support article and remember to Follow us on linkedin and Like our facebook page. For even more help with your search read our article Advice to find a new job.