You know those people that can just stroll into a job interview, feeling completely calm, then land the role in minutes? Yeah, those people suck.
For most of us, interviews are the most nerve-wracking, brain-freezing, nightmare-worthy situations ever. And while nerves can be a good thing – they show we care about the role, and adrenaline can spur us forward – confidence (or the appearance of) is a key quality sought after by employers.
Luckily, we've spoken to self-esteem guru Helen Tupper, author of and co-founder of careers network , for her foolproof method to nailing your self-doubt pre-interview.
1. Do your pre-interview research
No, we don't mean about the company or role (although that's useful, too). The key to feeling at ease beforehand is to know as much about the actual interview process as possible. "Ask who is in the room, where the meeting will be and what the format is," says Helen. "This will help you to prepare and reduce unknowns that might throw you off."
2. Constantly remind yourself of your strengths
Being clear on our strengths is not only key to acing a job interview, but to feeling confident in the run-up, too. "The employer wants to know how you will create value for the company – this is what all of those competency questions are getting at," Helen says.
"If you don't know the answer going into the interview, you won't be able to articulate it to the interviewers, and you're only giving in to your self-doubt. Try writing down three recent things you were proud of – a goal you reached, a difficult situation you mitigated, a colleague you successfully mentored. Read over them and drum them into your brain before the interview to smash those feelings of self-doubt."
3. Treat the interview as a two-way process
Reframing the power dynamic of the interview in your mind will help you feel stronger, advises Helen. "Remember: this is not just about the employer wanting you – it needs to be a great fit for you, too," she says. "Adopt the mindset that it's a learning opportunity – they might not be right for you – and this will take the pressure off and reduce anxiety."
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