Job interviews of important jobs are usually an hurdle to cross. This is heightened when anxiety sets in. Anxiety makes everything go bad as confidence is usually a criteria in scoring you for your interview. The tips below are useful tips to help you boost your confidence in any job interview and get that job.
#1 Try as much as possible to connect with interviewers, not impress them
In an interview it’s important to come across as likeable. So, to maximise confidence, your energy should be focused on building a rapport with your interviewer rather than impressing him or her.
#2 Use breathing techniques to boost confidence
At the heart of confidence is feeling relaxed, so breathing and mindfulness exercises are helpful, adds Wood. Try not to rush your speech, take it piecemeal. Try once a while to breathe deeply.
#3 Practice self-care
It’s important to speak to yourself with compassion, like a best friend, and dispel any critical thoughts that stand in your way, adds Connell.
#4 Relax yourself
In the interview also remember to speak slowly, as we tend to rush when we are nervous. “Don’t be afraid of silences. Sometimes leaving pauses in your sentences will help you command the situation better.”
#5 Picture success
Picturing yourself being successful at an upcoming job interview will give a boost to your confidence and self-esteem.
#6 Prepare well and rehearse your answers aloud
If you go into an interview with prepared answers for most questions, it takes the anxiety off and you walk in confident you’ll know your stuff, says Cathy Lovell, student services manager for The Open University.
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