Written by Julia Adams
When you land an interview, you often feel instant joy. Unfortunately, this joy can soon be replaced by anxiety—and that can wreak havoc on your confidence. The good news is there are several distinct ways to fight this anxiety, boosting your confidence in the process. Here are five things you can do to feel more confident in interviews.
1. Get into a positive mindset
In interviews, negativity can get in your way, so make sure to remind yourself that you deserve to be there in the interviewer’s seat. Don’t forget (or try not to, at least) that you were chosen among many other candidates and have entered the shortlist. So be proud of yourself for making it that far. And if you find it hard to get into a positive mindset before an interview, try participating in something you enjoy.
For example, you might make time just before your interview to do your favorite exercise routine, or listen to some of your favorite music, or even just treat yourself to a favorite food. Doing things you enjoy before your interview will put you in a positive mindset, which you can carry into your interview.
2. Arrive prepared
No matter how many job interviews you go through, it’s normal to feel nervous. One of the best ways to deal with this nervousness is to prepare in advance. In any interview, it’s likely that you’ll need to know a little about the company’s history and some basic facts about the position you’re applying for. Also, you’ll likely be asked what makes you the right person for the job and how the job fits into your career goals.
Before your interview, it’s essential to rehearse your answers to these and other common questions (like the basic behavioral questions), keeping in mind that the point is not to memorize your answers but to practice the general ideas and concepts you’ll share. In general, you’ll find that the better prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel.
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