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How to Build Confidence Before a Job Interview

29 Jul 2013 8:00 AM -

A job interview can be one of the hardest things for a person to face. The team at Resume Rescue understands that there are very few situations that can make a person feel judged like a harsh critic at a job interview, yet at the same time, you have to be able to ace a job interview in order to get the job that you want. In order to get through a job interview successfully, you need to have an air of confidence that can inspire employers to feel confident in your skills. Having confidence issues is a common problem of job seekers, especially those who have been out of work for a couple of months. The good news is that you can build confidence in a jiffy.

One of the easiest ways to build confidence before a job interview is to try to think of the situation in a different way. A change in perspective can make a normally intimidating experience into something very simple and easy to deal with. If you are shy around new people, pretend the interviewers are people who you've been friends with for years. Moreover, you also have to make sure to remember that the interviewer at this job is only human. They are not deities, nor are they going to be able to judge your fate for the rest of your life

To further bolster your confidence, it's a good idea to look sharp. Studies have shown that people feel a lot more confident in themselves after a makeover. Everyone feels smarter when they are dressed up in a snappy business suit, stylish glasses, and perfectly polished shoes. And, it can also boost your self-esteem to do something about your hair and nails. It can also help you get a job too: people who are polished have a much higher chance at getting a job than those who aren't. So, as the old saying goes, if you want to get ahead, get a hat.

If you really need to feel super confident in yourself before an interview, do the most obvious and that is to get prepared for the job interview. Run through a couple of  mock interview questions, and read up on how to prep for the harder interview questions that are frequently asked by discerning interviewers. It's also a very smart idea to research the company that you are going to be interviewing for, even going so far as to call Human Resources to find out questions about how you should handle the interview. If you know what you are going to be experiencing when you sit down in that interview chair, you will be able to control the situation a little better, which in turn, should make you feel more confident about everything.

It's no secret that having a lot of confidence will make going through life very easy. As the years pass, you should never just rely on last minute confidence boosting techniques to create the backbone of your confidence. Though these starting points can seriously help your chances at snagging your next job, it's a good idea to keep looking for new ways to improve your self-esteem every day. The more confidence you have in yourself, the more your employers and customers will believe in your skills as well – and that will further your career in amazing, wonderful ways.

Being confident about your skills and knowledge will also shine through a well written resume and selection criteria, however if you are worried that it may all fall apart at the interview, why not check out our article How to Calm Your Nerves for A Job Interview, for even more tips to help you.