Imagine a hiring manager or a recruiter has to select between two types of candidates’ profiles. The first one has the right technical knowledge and experience but has lack of confidence and does not seem approachable. The second one has not the same skills in technical level compared to the first one but seems more bright, self-confident and adaptable with stressful situations.
Who do you think the hiring manager would prefer?
It is more common to select the second type, as confidence is the key to really engage you with the interviewers, and finally get you to the job offer.
The real question is how you can achieve to be more confident at a nervous situation like this when all the eyes are on you.
Confidence comes from self-awareness. In order to be self-aware it is important to keep in mind all the goals you have set in your life and how you’ve accomplished them, succeeding your high school final exams, graduating from college, getting a certificate or even winning a chess match.
If you know your value, you feel more secure about your abilities.
A kick start of being confident to interviews is to do a research ahead of time about the company. In the first part of the interview, most hiring managers talk about their company and their needs in the field that you have applied for. You would feel more confident when you hear all the information that you have previously searched for. Also, bear in mind that through this process you should always have two-three examples or stories as a backup to validate your tech or soft skills. This strategic can be your safe zone when you feel more nervous.
Before getting into your car and driving to the interview make sure you take 5 minutes and start picturing this process. Close your eyes and picture the environment of the interview and think that you are answering to all the questions without doubting yourself.
Feel confident and really believe that you are the right fit for the company that you would love to work with, is a huge determinative for employers. Keep all the above in mind and start applying confidently with Jobs4IT.