Tips on last minute job interview confidence boosters

"How do I develop confidence?" "I get nervous during interviews." These are common statements made by professionals and young graduates. Confidence is an art that can be mastered. You can self-coach yourself and boost your confidence levels.

Confidence is an image booster. If you are confident it reflects in your personality and in how people perceive you. A confident person appears naturally dynamic. The human brain can read signs of confidence in others, and automatically decodes it into a positive attribute. Therefore, confidence plays a key role in job interviews. If you feel confident, you send out positive vibes and the interviewers absorb those vibes.

Last minute jitters are natural so have no worries, if you feel butterflies flutter in your belly or your hands get clammy or your heart races faster than a steam engine. Worrying will only aggravate your woes. Take the chill pill – relax. Easier said than done, you think – well not exactly. You can use last-minute confidence building tips and sail through the interview.

Why an impending job interview can make you nervous?

Interview nerves are not a bad thing; look at it as a positive sign – you feel tense because the job means a lot to you. It excites you and this makes you nervous. You need to channelize the nervous emotion to work for you in a positive way, so it provides a boost to your performance. Here are tips that can help you turn your nervousness into a sense of confidence.

Be a child again

As children we have all pretend to be different people – you could have been an astronaut one day and Sachin Tendulkar on another. Can you recall how you felt swaying an imaginary weapon as you pretended to be a superhero? Did you not feel all powerful? You were only playacting, but when you got into the character, every pore of your body felt the 'imaginary superpower' that you wielded. At that moment you were that person, in your mind and in your actions. Do you recall how good that felt?

I want you to have the same feeling when you prepare for an interview, albeit a little differently. You don't have to pretend to be a superhero but pretend that you are someone confident. Do you look up to someone who is super confident, pretend to be that person? You copied the mannerisms of your favourite superhero when you were young, now you need to imbibe the qualities of this confident person. Let their positive qualities rub off and you. Be that person in your mind and your body will automatically make the switch.

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Be yourself conflict

The above tip conflicts with the 'be yourself' advice that seems so much saner. Yes, we all know the importance of being ourselves and the wrongs of pretending to be someone else. But, here I want you to be someone else so that you can successfully draw upon your inner strengths. If you remain shy and reticent you will not be able to showcase your knowledge and your skills.

When you act confident like someone else you are only borrowing that attribute to enhance your performance. You do not become a clone of that person, but just imitate the desirable quality of that person, so your personality reflects through. It is like dressing up for an occasion, where you enhance your looks.

You will be able to reveal the real you, instead of letting your fears and your shyness overshadow you and your performance.

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Get inspired

What is it with the pep talk, why does it improve performance? Coaches on the field are constantly boosting confidence in their team through pep talk. Such talks have a positive effect on the brain, which then releases performance enhancing hormones that push players to give it their best.

You need to do the same. Have a trusted confidant give you a confidence building pep talk. When you hear someone reposing faith in your abilities you automatically want to be able to show them that you can. You begin believing in yourself.

Get your family or a friend to give you that pep talk. When you hear them say, "you can", "you are the best", "go show them who you are", you get all pumped and energised and feel that you really can.

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Chuck negativism

Wipe out all negative thoughts from your mind and boost your confidence with only positive thoughts. This means you do not think of "what if". Simply translated this means, instead of thinking "what if I do not do well in the interview?" think "I will give it my best". Think positive and you'll do fine.

Gather your thoughts

Going into an interview without knowing what you are going to say or do, is like knowingly walking into a death trap. You need to have an action plan, which includes knowing your career goals, knowing what you want to achieve. You also need to have knowledge of your subject and the demands of the job that you are applying. A brief synopsis of the organisation, what it does, its market standing etcetera will make you better equipped to handle the interview.

You should have answers to questions like what you can give to the organisation and how you can be an asset. You need to know your own value, for others to be able to value you.

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Understand before you answer

You need to put your listening skills to good use and respond with answers that the interviewer(s) would like to hear. Wrong interpretation of what is being asked would mean a wrong response. If you have a doubt about the question, ask the interviewer what they want before you begin responding.

Also, listen to the questions carefully, listen to information they share with you. It could be job-related or about the organisation. The questions that follow could be based on the information.

You can also incorporate the information that was shared with you in your replies. For instance, saying things like "Sir/Madam mentioned that the job entails (make mention of what they said), and as I have done (mention your experience/skill here) I fully understand the challenges/demands. I have been able to achieve the goals, in a different setting though, but I am confident that I will be able to do the same on the job as well".

In the above interaction, you would demonstrate two very significant qualities – the first that you paid attention to what was being said and second that you possess the experience/skill to do a good job.

It is also important that you listen without interrupting. Maintain eye contact throughout, don't fidget and nod your head every once in a way to show that you are following the conversation.

Preparation is the key

Arrive at the interview on time. Have all your documents filed neatly in a folder. Know your subject. Educate yourself on the company and the job profile. Dress for the interview. Rehearse key phrases and words that you can put into your communication. Work on body language. Prepare a set of answer to typical questions that might be asked. Be prepared.

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Work towards becoming confident

Developing confidence that stays with you is a skill that can be mastered. Follow the tips provided above. In addition, enhance your knowledge, know your life's goals, have an action plan on how you are going to achieve them and believe in yourself. Work at improving yourself; tie up loose ends so you can become the perfect confident person that you aim to be.

Begin today, take baby steps and they'll begin to add up.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer, with years of experience, creating content for varied online portals. She holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher and as a soft skill trainer. An avid reader, she writes on a variety of topics ranging from health, travel, education and personality development.

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Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao30 May 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

Everybody prepares well to do better in the interview. Depending on the importance of the job, the candidates may be be very anxious to do better in the interview. In addition to this anxiety, they may feel nervous also. Try to be brave and answer the questions positively. Show the interview committee that you are serious about the job and try to create a confidence in them that you are a suitable to that position. This confidence they will get by the way you are behaving in the interview. Not only your answers but your mannerisms will also add to this.

Author: Juana06 Sep 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 8

Yes, I agree with you. Answering positively to questions posed at you is a definite trick to engage. But, how do you answer positively remains unanswered.

Candidates generally come well-prepared for job interviews, so how do just a few make the mark? What can you do to leave an impression on the interview panel? How do you make them agree that you are the one?

So, here are additional three tips that can make you stand out against the other candidates –

1. Do not give general or non-specific responses; they won’t help your case, as they do nothing to prove your abilities. Instead, lace your answers with detailed examples, to highlight how you can add value to the position and the organisation.

Rather than saying you “can do it”, when asked, give relevant examples of how you used your skills in the past. Provide specific, substantial and tangible examples that demonstrate your skill and experience.

2. Recognise your skills and your abilities and use them as your selling points. You need to highlight every marketable facet of yours that fits into the role that you are interviewing for. You need to communicate your talent to the interview panel so that they can identify your potential.

3. Address your weaknesses alongside your strengths and have a strategy to showcase them in a positive way. If you say, “I take my time to understand things”, as a weakness, explain how it helps you do a better job. “I take time to understand things, but once I know the nuts and bolts, I am ready to see the task to its completion”.

It’s basically about showing the best side of yours, even if it needs a bit of polishing and touching up. You need to impress the interview panel, so go for the kill, positively, with confidence.

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