Wouldn’t it be great if you knew you were saying and doing things at your job interview to maximize your chances of being offered the position? It would certainly help with those interview nerves.
While there’s no perfect script of what to say, there are ways to know whether you are on the right track, before you start asking yourself questions like: “Was it enough to get me the job?”, “Was I chatty enough?”, “Did I show my best side?”, “Could I have answered better?”. These types of questions all come from doubt or lack of confidence in yourself or your speaking skills.
The best way to know you are saying and doing the right things at a job interview is to feel confident in yourself and what you are saying, because it’s one of the qualities recruiters look for when hiring someone new. If you don’t feel confident, it’s hard to expect the employer to feel confident in you.
How to feel more confident at your next job interview?
For more detailed tips, read this, but in the meantime, here are two of the most powerful ways to boost your interview skills confidence.
Practice your answers in a mock interview. The more you get used to answering job interview type questions, the easier you will find it. Reading about various interview tips makes sense for improving your knowledge. However, putting those tips into practice is when the magic will happen. Try a videotaped mock interview where you can review your answers repeatedly. You don’t have to let the real interview be the first time you try answering tough interview questions. Practice makes perfect!
Get experienced feedback on your answers. The best way to know you are saying and doing the right things at a job interview is to get real feedback from a certified career coach regarding your mock interview. They can advise you from a professional point of view how your answers and body language may be perceived, so you can perfect your interview skills and be more likely to receive a job offer.
You can do this! Remember some of the best things in your life have probably come after a period of feeling slightly ‘uncomfortable’, nervous yet excited of the possibilities feeling, like when you have an exam or driving test. Elevating your career is only possible by learning the ways to get you there. Start by learning how to smash your next job interview so you can put your skills and time into a position you love.