Appearing Confident During a Job Interview
You have applied for a position and your resume and cover letter have just landed you a job interview. You now need to portray confidence during your interview – here are five methods to help you during the interview process and hopefully land you that job!
People are attracted to those who smile. Always use your smile to your advantage. Keep a smile on your face during your interview, but don't stop there. Make sure your voice has a smile in it as well. Practice in the mirror if you're worried about how that smile looks on you. Don’t forget the eyes need to be smiling as well. Another benefit of smiling is that you will feel better, especially when others smile back at you. Feeling better tends to result in feeling and showing your level of confidence, which is an important feature at any job interview.
2. Eye Contact
Make eye contact with everyone you meet before, during and after the interview. Eye contact acknowledges their existence. This is easy to do if there are more people in the interview/meeting room. If it's just you and the interviewer, feel comfortable to look away as you think about an answer, then immediately look back at the individual conducting the interview.
Standing and sitting up straight makes you look better and feel more confident. We all have a tendency to slouch forward….be aware of this during your interview.
No matter how someone shakes your hand, your own handshake needs to be a firm handshake. A quick pressure or gentle squeeze is all that is necessary; then let go. Often others are not sure how to shake properly or how long to hold onto your hand. By doing a quick grip and then letting pressure go, you are signaling to the other person that the handshake is over.
5. Show You Are Prepared
Don't just be prepared - show them you are prepared! Have a file folder or a clipboard with copies of your resume and cover letter with you; you should also have a pen/pencil handy to take out immediately once you are sitting down to take notes if need be. Also, it is a good idea to have some questions ready; for example, questions about the company and actual position you are being interviewed for. You can quickly check this sheet and see if all your questions have been answered. This shows you have researched the company because you are interested in working for them, not just getting 'a job'.
You do need to be prepared with how your experience and skills will help their company in the position you are applying for. All of these methods together help you to shine at the interview; and they all help you to feel better in a tense situation. Taking control helps you to feel confident and be your best at the interview.
If you live in Ontario, you can visit an Employment Ontario Employment Services Centre for more free assistance with interview preparation, and other job search skills. Similar services are also available in BC and Nova Scotia.
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