While that may be true, it’s hard to completely shake subconscious feelings of self-doubt. In any interview, it’s easy to feel like you have to watch your every move; it’s easy to think the interviewers will see something they don’t like and write you off.
In times like these, reviewing the company’s website or recent press coverage one more time won’t help you. What you need is a confidence boost — you need to know that you’re smart enough and competent enough and that this company would be lucky to have you!
Here are five of my go-to quotes for a pre-interview boost:
Nelson Mandela: Nothing is Impossible
“It always seems impossible until it is done.”
There will always be another obstacle to overcome or another task to finish. But every new day is a fresh start to see the world through a different lens. There might have been several opportunities given to other candidates, and the thought of going through another interview — only to be rejected — might be discouraging. But finding the perfect career fit is not as impossible as it seems if you apply a realistic approach.
Milton Berle: Don’t Wait for Opportunity
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
There’s always a chance to try again. Failure comes only when you stop trying. If rejection is a common theme or you feel like you’ve exhausted your opportunities, it’s time to change it up.
When an interview doesn’t go well or the job offer doesn’t come, you might have the opportunity to start your own business. It may seem risky at first, but you’d be surprised by what you can achieve when you no longer fear failure or rejection.
Christopher Robin in “Winnie the Pooh”: Be You
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Let’s be honest: No one really wants to sit through an interview, only to realize the position might be over his head. However, many of these concerns are only in the interviewee’s mind. Change is what truly handicaps even the most confident individuals because change means venturing into the unknown.
While it might be best not to be overly confident going into an interview, rest assured that the right balance of confidence and positivity will almost certainly get you considered, even without all the qualifications.
Steve Jobs: Love What You Do
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
“Getting a job” and “finding a job you love” are very different. Too often, people see success as the end goal. But doing what you love — and loving what you do — will lead to true success. During an interview, ask questions to get a more in-depth view of the position and its responsibilities.
If nothing sounds exciting during the interview, it’s highly unlikely that the job will result in exciting work. Knowing this from the beginning will save you time and allow you to spend your energy pursuing something truly great.
Dr. Seuss: Go Great Places
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”
Setting the tone for the day is just as important as picking the right outfit to wear. Start your morning with a lighthearted and uplifting quote to settle your mind, inspire hope, and instill confidence. Walking into an interview with a positive, excited demeanor can be the difference between hearing “When can you start?” and “We’ll be in touch.”
Beginning your day confidently and calmly will make it much easier to deal with unexpected or difficult questions.
Along my career path, I’ve held internships leading to employment offers, built businesses as both a sole proprietor and as a CEO, and completed many projects in between. I’ve always found that the power of inspirational quotes gets me through long days and keeps me motivated to achieve. If the authors of those quotes could overcome obstacles — and their words are testaments to their success — how could I maintain self-doubt in anything I set out to do?
The same principles apply to your interview. Walking into that room can be intimidating, exciting, daunting, and stressful. But the confidence boost from an empowering quote can be all you need to set yourself up for success!