How to look more confident during a job interview
25th Sep 2018
Looking and feeling confident in an interview is important. Not only does it help to convey that you have the skills, attitude and expertise to take on the position, it can also help you to perform better and think more clearly.
But looking and feeling confident is easier said than done. To help you out, CV-Library explains how to relax your nerves in an interview and exert confidence (without coming across as arrogant!).
Remember to breathe
Take a second to stop and breathe. It’s all too easy to get caught up with preparing for your interview, finding the right outfit and the worry of an unfamiliar journey. But it’s important torelax and compose yourself.
Try taking slow, deep breaths to help you keep calm. If you’re more relaxed, you’ll feel more in control, will find it easier to get your words out and will be able to think more clearly.
While pre-interview stress
may be hard to combat, try to take a warm bath, a yoga class or do something you enjoy the day before. This can help you feel more refreshed on the day.
Fake it ‘till you make it
You might be nervous on the inside, but put on a smile and try not to let it show. Give yourself a pep talk beforehand and remember, it won’t be as bad as you think. Having the right mindset goes a long way.
Be conscious that a key sign that you’re nervous (and not feeling that confident) is constant fidgeting. Make an effort to relax and sit relatively still. Remember that while everyone gets nervous, tapping your foot or doing any other nervous habit might annoy the interviewer – so try to be aware of your actions.
Part of showing your confidence is being enthusiastic and having a keen, can-do attitude. This will impress the interviewer, as they’ll likely be looking for someone who is up for a challenge.
A little bit of positivity goes a long way, so try to imagine your success. Visualise achieving your goals and tell yourself that it’s possible. Remind yourself that you’ve been picked to attend the interview for a reason: they want to get to know you and you have just as good a chance as everyone else.
And remember, it’s not the end of the world if you’re rejected after the job interview
. Take everything as a learning experience that you can grow from and try to see any outcome of the interview as positive. This means you’ll spend less time worrying about messing up and more energy spent focusing on showing your skills.
Make eye contact
If you’re feeling nervous, it can be all too easy to stare at the floor and avoid eye contact with the interviewer. However, eye contact is an important part of communication and shows you’re listening and engaging with the person you’re talking to.
Ensure that you hold eye contact with the interviewer as this shows you’re confident and know what you’re talking about. Plus, it can help you feel heard and listened to, as you’ll be able to see the interviewer considering what you’re saying.
Use body language
The way you act is just as important as what you say. If you’re sitting in the interview slouched and tense, the interviewer won’t believe you’re the most confident person for the job.
So make an effort to sit up straight and relax your shoulders. Don’t play with your hair or bite your nails. A big mistake is to cross your arms – which can imply a lack of interest and unfriendliness.
Instead, sit with your hands resting together, or palms facing upwards - this can indicate that you’re open and honest. Just the action of using body language
to appear confident and ready can have a big impact on your frame of mind.
Look confident, feel confident
If you look confident at an interview it can help you to perform better and feel less nervous. What’s more, it can show the interviewer that you know your stuff and would be the perfect hire for their role. So, follow our advice above to grow your confidence and remember to stay positive.
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