September 21, 2019
8 Ways to Look Confident in An Interview
It is known that interviewers are drawn to those candidates who appear confident in their interviews. But how can one make out what they look for as signs of confidence in interviewees? And what are the best ways to appear confident in an interview so you can get selected faster?
Once you reach the venue of the interview, you may start to experience anxiety and show signs of stress or lack of confidence. If the thought of sitting across from a person who will decide in a few minutes whether or not you can join this company makes you nervous, know that this is a common occurrence and nearly everyone in this position has felt something like this. However you can alter how to react in this situation, and prepare yourself ahead of time, to reduce the stress. We have listed a few points that might work for you!
Here are 8 ways how to look confident in the interview:
1. Just Breathe:
One of the most simple and yet effective mechanism to help manage stress is one that requires no training or preparation and is something we do naturally every moment! It is simple: our breath.
Deep breathing exercises can have a deep & instant impact on the state of your mind; taking a couple of deep breaths can help ground the mind and create space for calm. breathe in through your nose, exhale through your mouth. Repeat this a few times to bring focus on your breath and centre your thoughts.
By doing this, you can redirect the distressing emotions you're experiencing (nervousness or anxiety) and calm down and begin to face your environment.
2. Don't shake your leg or make unnecessary motions:
Monitor your body language and posture, it is a form of expression as well when you are nervous. Walk tall, push back your shoulders, and walk lightly but firmly. When you sit up straight, it improves the blood flow and signals to the body to be ready and prepares you for activity.
Shaking your leg while being seated is an unmindful movement, and displays unprofessional behaviour. The way you conduct yourself is visible to keen interviewers and affects their judgment.
3. Be on time
This may seem like a minor point, but maintaining punctuality is key to discipline. It's not just for the interviewer, but it gives you enough time to compose yourself, look around and become familiar with your environment. You can practice some calming techniques in the time you wait to be called, so it helps you be a little more confident when you go into the interview room.
4. Make Eye Contact:
Keeping a steady, natural eye contact throughout the interview is a great way to make a hiring manager think you're more confident than you may feel inside. In addition, it gives you a point to focus on, and gather your thoughts to answering them.
If you find it difficult to maintain a steady eye-contact, focus on a spot between the interviewer's eyes; remember to take natural breaks (look down at your resume).
5. Think positive thoughts
Keep in mind that this is just an interview. While it is important, it is not life-alteringly critical. It is not the end of the world and you are trying your best.
Confident people smile a lot more than nervous people, who may look a lot more stressed. Try smiling and to be relaxed, keep neutral facial expressions and you will naturally gain positivity rapidly.
6. Ask relevant questions:
Show that you have researched the company and are invested in the job position. You are not here only to answer questions, most interviewers expect candidates to ask pertinent questions regarding the responsibilities and role.
Come prepared with at least two questions for your interviewer that aren't related to remuneration!
7. Don't lie if you don't know!
A lot of the times candidates like to appear like they know everything there is about the job or the industry. It is perfectly acceptable to own up if you aren't fully aware of some topic, rather than make up inaccurate information which is clearly visible to the interviewer.
If you correct yourself or you stumble over your words, don't feel bad and think you have spoiled your impression. Just restart your sentence and carry on, most interviewers know you are nervous.
8. Practice your handshake:
Your entrance is important, as is the handshake at the beginning and end of the interview. Nothing shows poorly as a limp handshake; exhibiting a lack of confidence; in turn a lack of experience in interviews.
It is better to practice with friends or family at home. Ideally not too firm and not too aggressive and strong.
When you're nervous you tend to plan what you'll say and miss an opportunity to actively listen and respond to the interviewer in real time. Confidence comes from knowing what you want and when you can explain it clearly and quickly.
The points above will be able to focus your confidence into creating a good impression and making an impact on the interviewer.
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