It’s natural to get stressed out thinking about job interviews. The interviewer is the thing between you and a job you want. You’re going to be judged on your appearance, your speech and diction, your resume. Who wants to subject themselves to that kind of scrutiny? It’s nerve-wracking.
Well, it doesn’t have to be. If you enter interviews with the right mindset, you’d be amazed at what could happen. Remember: if you carry yourself with confidence and present yourself as someone the company needs, not as someone who needs a job, you’ll be more likely to be picked for the role.
If your base assumption going into an interview is that the person conducting the interview will think you’re worth less than you are, use that. You know your worth. You’re worth more than anyone else in the place, and you’re the one who’s going to run the business soon. Even if those things aren’t true, carry yourself like they are.
Confidence, even confidence that you’re faking, is attractive. All you need to do is project the aura of confidence. Most people find that confidence magnetic, and you can back it up with hard work. It doesn’t take something magical to be good at what you do, it just takes hard work and a willingness to learn.
While remaining confident is important, so is speaking plainly and bluntly with the interviewer. There’s no good reason to lie to them. Rather than focusing on the skills you don’t have, focus on the ones you do have. If they ask a direct question about your job experience, tell them plainly whether you’ve got it or not.
Then, when you discuss your strengths, speak plainly. If there is something you don’t understand, or don’t know, then tell them. But play up your ability to learn, your work ethic, and your other strengths. You have plenty going for you, they just don’t know it yet. It’s up to you to inform them.
While you’re queueing up job interviews, make sure you have a lot of options open. You want to be able to look at a number of options. This will also help your confidence when you’re interviewing. By having multiple interviews with potential employers, no one interview is bearing too much pressure.
This will help you to feel less anxious, and to perform better during each individual interview. Then, you’ll hopefully have the pick of several potential new jobs!