The interview is the part of a job search that people love to hate. An interview is a sign that you are being strongly considered for a position. It also can be a source of stress for candidates who fear they’ll make mistakes that will cut them from further consideration.
A great way to overcome the interview anxiety is to begin feeling good about the process. Need help getting there?
Here are five tips to improve your interviewing confidence:
1. Conduct Research
One great way to build your interviewing confidence is by conducting plenty of research on the company you’re applying with and the position it’s offering. A common question interviewers ask is, “Do you know anything about our company?” Most times, candidates are forced to answer “No.” If you’re able to share the company’s background information and showcase knowledge of its future goals for the position in question, you’ll undoubtedly catch the interviewer off-guard, in a great way!
2. Locate Sample Interview Questions
There are many sample interview questions floating around the Internet that can help you gauge the types of questions you could be asked. Take time to review those questions—and come up with great answers—to ensure the actual interview flows fluidly.
3. Practice Often
A great way to build your confidence for the interview is to practice before the big day. You can do this by answering questions in front of the mirror to read your own facial expressions and body language, or have a friend act as the interviewer to help you simulate the actual environment.
4. Make Sure You Have No “Skeletons”
An important step in preparing for your interview is being able to recall your own career history and discuss prospective goals with the company and in your professional life as a whole. But as you look back over your career, be sure to research yourself online to ensure there are no skeletons on the Internet that could be brought up in your interview. Remember, companies conduct background checks often via search engines, so it’s up to you to ensure your social networking profiles are professional, or private.
5. Decide What the Job Is Worth
You may assume that this tip refers to the amount you expect to be paid for the position. In fact, you may be asked about salary expectations, so it’s good to prepare an answer. But aside from salary, it’s important to decide whether the job is worth handing over your password to a social networking site or other personal site, something that has become a trend for some employers. Do you feel that sharing private information is worth it? Give this some thought before arriving at the interview.
In addition to taking the above steps, it’s great to find a professional outfit you feel comfortable wearing. Feeling good in your clothes and knowing you’ve fully prepared can work wonders in boosting your confidence before the big day.
About the Author: A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. With more than ten years’ experience directing hiring practices for Fortune 500 companies, she has developed innovative and proven resume development, and personal branding strategies to generate powerful results for clients.
As a global resume authority and trusted media source, Jessica has been featured and quoted on CNN.com, Monster.com, Job Talk America radio, SmartBrief, International Business Times, and more. Jessica has her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Public Relations from the University of North Florida. Contact Jessica on Twitter!