Rejection is no fun, and it’s why many people don’t venture out to try things that might lead to hearing “no”. But when it comes to employment, you don’t usually have a choice about being in a position to be rejected. Most employers want to see and talk to you before deciding whether or not to hire you. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to boost your confidence in a job interview.
1) Know your personal brand. What makes you different and unique? What value do you have to offer the employer that others may not?
2) Match your skills and experiences to the job requirements. The more closely you fit what the employer is looking for, the better your chances of getting the job. That doesn’t mean you should lie or embellish. Instead, focus on your strengths in relation to what the employer needs, so when he asks about your experience, you can relate it to the job.
3) Be ready to answer the most common questions. It’s the unknown that makes interviews difficult and while you can’t anticipate every question, you can prepare responses to the most common questions. Common questions include: What interests you in this job? What are your experiences in doing X? Why did you leave your last job? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
4) Appear confident. Dress professionally, walk tall and sit up straight. Be the first to extend your hand in greeting and say hello to the interviewer. Look your interviewer in the eye and smile. Just be careful that you express your confidence in a genuine manner. You don’t want to come off as arrogant or like a smarmy salesman.
5) Act polite. This seems like a no-brainer, but regardless of how the interview is going, always remember to listen and not interrupt, and say thank you.
Job interviews can be scary and nerve-wracking, but if you go into it armed with your personal brand value and how your skills can help the company, you’ll be better prepared to position yourself as the best candidate for the job.