3 STEPS FOR CONFIDENCE IN INTERVIEWS
Updated: Mar 23
Combining my experience in employability, wellbeing, and passion for self-development, here is a step to step guide to support you in being your best self professionally and rock any job interview! With the current times in place, many of us are looking to start new work and perhaps it could be valuable to get into a good interview preparation routine.
First of all, please find below the most frequently asked questions in interviews:
Tell me a bit about yourself and your professional background:
What is your understanding of the role?
How do you think your skills apply to the role that you are applying for?
What were your reasons for applying to this role?
What do you know about the company?
How do you think you would be a good fit for our team?
Where do you see yourself within your career 2-5 years from now?
Give me a detailed example of an achievement you are proud of professionally.
STEP 1: BEFORE INTERVIEW
A few days before, a day before, or a few hours before attending your interview, it is always good practice to sit down with a pen and fresh sheet of blank paper (or word document if you prefer to work on your laptop) and write a couple of answers to those questions and properly rehearse them, out loud is great. This might seem silly but this will help you to be relaxed, pleasant and confident during your interview and enable you to be very clear about what your own skills are precisely, your motivation, and why the employer would be lucky to have you on board. This all plays to your advantage and is an efficient interview prep. This might feel boring and unnecessary to do, but in reality it can be quite fun and give you a good overview of yourself and what you have taken from your life and personality so far. This can also prevent not having a proper answer during the interview and as we are often a little stressed when being interviewed, if you know all your answers more or less by heart, you eliminate the element of surprise and apprehension, you are in control and can plan how you want to come across. Don't hesitate to detail some of the questions and give proper answers that last at least 2-3 minutes, you have things to say, just find them beforehand.
STEP 2: DURING INTERVIEW
Make sure that during your interview your responses are clear, both in your mind, and in the way you express yourself. Speak calmly and surely, not too fast, and know that you are bringing on skills and knowledge from your past work experiences and personal background – always highlight the fact that you can be an asset to your potential employer and that you are motivated to be part of the company’s team/project. You can also have a few examples prepared of how you achieved something you are proud of in a past role and what your work experience has revealed about you so far. You can also research the company and study the job description and have a couple of relevant questions prepared – this shows that you are a proactive person and that you are taking an interest in them, which they will not fail to notice. People are always attracted to people that genuinely seem interested in them and what they are doing. Moreover, this will also perhaps help you in getting a really thorough understanding of the role and evaluate if you really want it. It should not just be the employer holding all the power, you and only you should decide if you want to start in this new role if it is offered to you, and you must visualise if you can see yourself blossom there, in a way or another. It might not always be the dream job, but maybe you can find excitement and purpose in the role in other ways that only you know.
STEP 3: AFTER INTERVIEW
The more you will do these interview preparations rigorously, the more natural it will become to you to know your skills, describe your profile, and know how to sell yourself to an employer intuitively - after a while you will be able to conduct any type of interview in a successful and pleasant manner. I would suggest that after any interview, you take a moment for yourself completely away from the phone/laptop and switch your brain to something else and let go for a moment - changing environment is great, going for a walk outdoors or engage in a physical activity is even better. As you are waiting to hear back, feel free to use the law of attraction and close your eyes before bed and visualise yourself getting the positive response back, visualise yourself working there, how it will feel like on your first day, your new colleagues, and how the benefits of this new job could impact your life. If you get it, that's wonderful and you can be proud of yourself ; if you don't get it, be extra proud of yourself and give yourself some love and praises for having conducted this interview to the best of your abilities and hop onto the next one, their loss.