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How to be Confident in Interviews

Hello, friends today we are going to discuss one of the most important aspects of any interview i.e. being confident in an interview. In today’s world almost all companies hire people only after ensuring their suitability in a personal interview, in fact, a few educational institutes are also conducting interviews before granting admission.

In this article we want to share with you five tips that will help you to be more confident in your upcoming interviews and one of the most common things that we hear from you guys is that when you go into an interview room you feel extremely nervous, you’re super intimidated, you feel as though there are multiple sets of eyes on you even if it’s just one person and when questions are asked of you because you’re nervous you either start rambling or you completely draw a blank, your mind shuts down and you just don’t know what to say. So here are five things that you should keep in mind before going into an interview in order to maximize your confidence.

Remember Your Value:- the first thing is that is to remember your value that’s because knowing your value is all part of having a strong personal brand. So ask yourself and remind yourself why did they invite you to this interview. In the first place it’s because you have the right technical expertise and the experience or the potential to be able to help this organization in this particular position, when you can remember your value it really helps you to boost your confidence and if that doesn’t help then ask yourself even other further questions such as what have I contributed to other organizations in the past what have I done to improve a situation in the past that I can contribute and repeat in this new opportunity. Think of all the positive things that you’ve done and that helps you to build a concept around your self-worth in your value for what you can do for them.

Power of Persuasion:- So let’s move on to number two and that uses the power of persuasion, to be a truly ideal candidate for a new job opportunity or to get a promotion or to get a salary bump, in the corporate world you need to, first of all, know what it is that you want but more importantly know how to convince and persuade others to help you get it, now this has nothing to do with being or sleazy and slimy or bribing people to get you what you want it’s about the power of persuasion and influence and being able to influence the person across the table from you that you are exactly what it is they need to hire and the basic building blocks of persuasion are context and timing. You would never approach that same hiring manager out in the middle of the grocery store and ask them to hire you on the spot you wouldn’t try to convince them in that situation because it’s the wrong context and the wrong timing, in the context of an interview hiring managers are wanting you to persuade them they’re very persuadable so we would say it’s the perfect environment for you to be able to influence and show off your ability to convince them that you’re the right fit for them so overall don’t forget to persuade them and to effectively persuade them.

Frame every answer appropriately:- the next point is to frame every answer appropriately when answering interview  questions you don’t want to dive into the meat of the answer right away instead you want to take a step back and set it up frame it, it’s almost as though you’re developing the skeleton before you add on the meat and this is particularly applicable for behavioral questions where the interviewer is expecting you to tell them an entire story about a situation or conflicts that you have to overcome and how you handled it if you don’t deliver the story the right way by framing it and setting it up properly from the beginning then your point isn’t going to come across the way that you’d want and it won’t come across as very convincing. So for example when the interviewer asks the question like tell me about a difficult situation and how you handled it? a lot of people get very superficial they kind of brush a room of facts and they just jump right into this is how I resolve it what that does is that it lacks the feelings and the emotion from the details that you could have provided to the interviewer to really engage them they don’t feel compelled and convinced that the situation really was all that big of a deal when you really just kind of brush through it and get to the end, so instead when they’re asking you tell me about a difficult situation and how you handle it describe the difficult situation itself really get into the details paint the picture talk about the emotions that you experience the thought process that was going on in your mind and then once you’ve painted that and set it up well whatever process that you went through to resolve that situation is going to look amazing because you really did a good job at engaging and pulling in the interviewer into your world into your story

Always have extra stories in your back pocket:- the worst situation is going into an interview unprepared and not having predicted the questions and answers to what you would be asked so it’s important to have multiple examples and stories and accomplishments that you can leverage and pull out of your back pocket anytime that there is a new question being asked of you, so you don’t want to use the same simple story because you’re not going to get very far in the interview process. So I would say maybe bucket your answers according to the category, so it could be you have a story and example for your technical expertise you have another one that just demonstrates your leadership and you have another one that demonstrates your strong communication skills well however way you want to organize them make sure that you have at least three or four examples or stories that you can simply pull out of your back pocket whenever a new question is asked of you.

Visualize and Energize:- Visualizing means that for the days and nights leading up to the actual date of the interview you want to take some time out of your day even just for five minutes close your eyes and visualize your interview going well see yourself getting along with the interviewer being able to seamlessly answer their interview questions and developing a really strong rapport with them you see them nodding you see them wanting to get to know you even more really engaged and you see yourself going even over the interview time which is always a good sign then that was allotted for you. Athletes do this all the time before a big game they do this so that they can see themselves winning and it creates this sense of belief that it’s going to happen and what that does is it creates with energy and momentum for you that you are going to do well so when you have that spirit and energy and momentum going for you really there should be nothing holding you back sometimes it’s a straightforward and just giving direct eye contact leaning in when they lean in mimicking their body language and just giving that sense that you’re genuinely actively listening to what they have to say and that you’re really engaged in the conversation and you truly just want to get to know them. 

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