Personally I love interviews.
No, I’m not lying. Yes, I’m also a fan of networking. And no, I’m not a masochist.
Now that we’ve covered that….
Interviews are 50% about the content and 50% about your confidence. You can have great things to say, but if you say it in a way that doesn’t convey authority - welllllll, you might as well have said nothing at all.
Here are some ways to boost your confidence and channel your inner Beyonce for an interview:
Prepare, prepare, prepare!
This seems like a no-brainer and a lot of you probably do prep. But! I’d encourage you to examine your routine. Are you just thinking through answers? Or are you writing them down? What about practicing your script out loud? How much time are you spending researching the company vs. knowing your experience? My biggest piece of advice is to do multiple mock interviews with a friend, spouse or coach. Out loud. You’d be surprised at how hard (and awkward!) it is to go from thinking + writing your answers to actually saying them out loud. Get the jitters out BEFORE the interview so you can walk in like a boss.
Mindset will make or break it
When I worked in sales at The Muse, there was a rep who crushed goals every month. We called him Showtime. (Actually I think he called HIMSELF Showtime.) The one thing that he had that set him apart from the other reps was his confidence. You'd listen to him on the phone and you could just tell that he believed every word he said. With the confidence in himself and the product, he was in turn able to gain the confidence of the buyer and land the deal. It’s the same with interviewing. Your mindset matters. If you go in thinking, “Yes I can do this!” it will plant in the recruiter’s mind that yes, you can do this. Give yourself a pep talk of positive affirmations before you sashay your way into that board room. I’m serious - do it.
Take care of yourself
There’s a quote by Edith Head that says, “You can have anything you want if you dress for it.” I truly believe that. Dress the part, show up and present yourself in a clean and professional way. I don’t care if it’s a Skype interview, phone interview or you’re interviewing for the most casual workplace ever. Dress professionally. And another thing, if you are prepping, don’t prep up to the last minute. An hour before your interview I want you to put your material away, think about something else and take some deep breaths. It’s like cramming for a test the night before - not that much information will stick in your brain two minutes before the test. It will just stress you out more. The same is true with an interview. De-stress as much as possible and take as much pressure off as you can. An employer can smell desperation a mile away. Look your best, smile and let what happens happen. Peace is the best kind of confidence.