Follow these quick and easy confidence boosts for interviews!
Superstitions: it may seem silly that this is the first suggestion, but it works! Wear that bracelet, blouse or socks that you think will bring you luck. Having these tokens can lead to improved performance and self-confidence.
Music: listening to your favourite music on route to the interview can be so beneficial to both your mind and body. It may not be your preference, but listening to heavy-bass songs can promote more feelings of power.
Dress code: wear what you feel good in. But remember, it’s always better to go more formal than less.
Be on time: there’s absolutely no reason now, with Google Maps, that you should be late. Scope out the location, listen to news/traffic reports and give yourself extra time. If you arrive really early, you can spend the extra time preparing. Ideally you don’t want to arrive more than 15 minutes before your interview time.
Sit up: during the interview, sitting straight and with good posture can keep your self-esteem and mood up.
Active listening: nod along with the conversation. Research has shown that the up-and-down movement can improve confidence. It’s the confirmation that your brain needs to say “yes we can!”
Ask questions: the last question of an interview is usually “do you have any questions for us?” Don’t discard this question. Its purpose is to see what interest you’ve taken in the company, the job or the person you’ll be working for.
Be OK with failure: take the opportunity to learn, don’t waste the experience. Whether you get the job or not, will come down to many factors. Try not to take it personally and instead continue to build on what went well.
Practice and then practice some more: the best boost to your confidence is knowing and feeling well prepared. Your natural talent will only take you so far. Instead make sure you are putting in the required time to prepare as a way to help calm nerves and increase your performance.