Appearing confident

If you practise all the skills mentioned in previous columns, you will be well prepared for an interview situation. However, we are all human and we all deal with situations differently. We are quick to judge and sometimes how we perceive someone isn’t how they perceive themselves. The confident person in your office may always appear self-assured, but they could be suffering from insecurities. They just portray confidence through their demeanour and appearance.

How you look on the outside often has an impact on how you feel on the inside. That is why dressing to impress for interview is so important, it helps to alleviate nerves and put us into “work mode.”

However, it can take more than this to counteract wobbles. And after going through all that preparation it would be a shame to let nerves get the better of you and do a bad run. We see it time and time again on reality shows; a good example being The X Factor. Contestants become so nervous they mess up the one big chance that they have to shine. Don’t let this be you.

I should mention at this stage that you should practise being likeably confident. You don’t want to come across as arrogant. Don’t assume you know it all and be friendly and open.

Here are some tips to help you along the way:
• Write down why you think you should get the job. Include personal and professional traits. Having this on paper will be a huge career booster and you can refer back to it if self-doubt starts to creep in. This will cultivate your inner confidence and show you what you are really capable of. Add colour, bubbles, stars, glitter; anything to make it shine.
• Don’t listen to your negative voice. Each time you hear it refer back to your piece of paper and channel positivity into these points.
• Remember, you have been invited for interview because someone has realised your potential. We talked previously about hundreds of CVs being received for each position. Well, they picked you to interview! So they must like what they see.
• Listen to some life-affirming, upbeat music beforehand that makes you feel positive.
• Treat yourself to something afterwards, that will give you something to look forward to and you will be able to see beyond the interview.

Hopefully, if you put these things into practise, your nerves will lessen and you will do a fantastic interview.

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