Confidence goes a long way. So far, in fact, that it could be a determining factor in a candidate being chosen to fill a role. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself… how is an employer supposed to believe in you?
Here are some surefire ways to boost your self-confidence and showcase your abilities throughout the entire hiring process.
1. Do your research.
If you want to feel confident in an interview then you need to practice and prepare. There are a couple things you’ll want to study:
- The position description. Anything written on the original description is fair game for questions. Make sure you know it backwards and forwards so that you are able to provide examples of how you can assist in all the areas they need. It may also be a good idea for you to showcase how you can “one up” the job description.
- The company. Hop on Google and search for recent news about the company. Being in the know and able to chit chat about some of the companies accomplishments will show the employer that you are, indeed, interested in the company and helping it to succeed. Also, if you’re interested in their mission and maybe a project they are working on, that can help you as well.
2. Build your resume.
A well-made, thought out resume can mean a world of difference. While it may not seem like a sign of confidence to you, a presentable resume tells a recruiter that you are proud of yourself and your accomplishments. It says that you took the time to go above and beyond with a bit of extra effort. That is something that all employers want out of their employees! Remember, your resume is on the front line. It’s battling all the other resumes out there in internet-land trying to SEO its way to the top. Don’t send it out without the proper weapons! Have a look at our article on How to SEO Your Resume.
3. Let your voice be heard.
Once your resume has done its job, you should be receiving calls from recruiters. These phone calls are of the utmost importance. It is by these phone calls that recruiters will determine whether or not you A) fit all the qualifications as stated by their client and B) have a personality that will culturally fit the workplace/ specific team you will be working on. Always remember to answer your phone politely and professionally. Saying hello and stating your name at the beginning of every phone conversation is a good place to start. From there, stay calm, speak clearly with confidence and at a good volume. Also, remember that the recruiters’ first phone call will most likely not be very technical. Don’t pour out your extensive knowledge of JAVA just yet. This phone call is more about making sure that what you’ve said on your resume (now that you’ve blown them out of the park with it!) is all true. You’re main focus here is to be polite and see what they have available.
4. Put your best foot forward.
Here’s a little quiz for you:
True or False: It is perfectly acceptable to wear a tracksuit and trainers to an interview.
If you answered false, well done! If you answered, true… we have some work to do.
Your experience will, of course, speak much louder on the subject of qualification, but the way you present yourself is the 6-second subconscious decider of whether or not you are fit for the job, especially if the position you are interviewing for
Be on time (or early), be genuine, bring reference letters, look professional, make eye contact, bring proof of projects you’ve worked on and have something to say about each of them. This is your interview! It’s time to show them everything you’ve got.
Also, remember that most interviewers decide if they like a candidate about 4 minutes after meeting them. If you can make it through the interview jitters for just 4 minutes, you’ve got it!
5. Practice makes perfect.
Lucky for you, you’re working with a recruiter. Utilize their expertise for your advantage! Give your recruiter a call and talk with them about common questions that come up, common things employers look for in the position and anything on your resume that stands out to them in a positive or negative way so that you will be prepared for whatever your interviewer will ask you about. To learn more about the most common interview questions, click here.
We hope these tips help you to have confidence in throughout your job search. For more tips, visit our blog.
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