Are you so stressed about interviewing that it’s stopping you from applying to jobs? Or, do you consistently get rejected from jobs after starting the interview cycle?
Last week, one of my clients said she has grown so much in self-confidence that her interviews are feeling like natural conversations, so she isn’t full of stress and trepidation going into them. That is exactly the goal I have for you too!
In today’s post I am going to give you the secrets to boosting your self-confidence so you can perform well in interviews and have more jobs offered to you.
Spoiler alert: it will take time and effort on your part!
Because there is no such thing as a perfect job and the only way you can assess if an opportunity is a fit for you is to know who you are, what you want and have questions that need answers.
So how can you achieve this?
Your story is the collection of skills, past experience and future goals that you would like to convey to each and every person you come across. You get to define your story, it is not defined by your last boss, or a former coworker or a bad experience you had a few years ago… it is entirely defined by who you want to be seen as today J.
You do this by having a clear story or explanation for every item listed on your resume: a story that you define to put your collective professional experience into a narrative that clearly denotes why this next step is the right next step for you.
It is not the job of any recruiter, hiring manager, or other interviewer to tell you who you are, it is your job to tell them who you are.
Research the company, the job and the interviewer. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to assess the opportunity.
Interviewing is a 2-way street: it is your time to gage whether the company, the job and the people are a good fit for you & it is the company’s time to gage how well you can execute on the tasks required for the job and succeed within their company culture.
You are responsible for your own career. By preparing, you are “showing up” for yourself ready to make your own career determination. It will help you maintain autonomy in the process and not become subservient to the company or the whims of a hiring manager.
The higher you rise in your career, the more you will be expected to show up as the leader of your own professional life. Ultimately, if you will be leading others, you must know how to lead yourself first.
In most companies, you will go through 3 to 4 rounds of interviews, with the fourth round often involving multiple people. This means you will be talking to a total of 4-8 people with a variety of roles.
The recruiter can provide you with the names and titles of the people you are interviewing with. When you know who they are, you can research them and determine what is appropriate to ask them based on their role at the company & their professional background.
The questions should always be based on things that you are genuinely curious to know as you assess this opportunity against all others.
Your time is just as valuable now as it would be if you were hired, act accordingly and make sure that you are getting your questions ready and answered at every stage.
After each interview, give yourself time to think about your experience:
The interview is when both you and the company are presenting themselves in the best possible light which makes it a perfect time to evaluate how well this opportunity fits into your life & career goals based on what you are looking for as your next step.
If you are a highly motivated & ambitious professional that works hard and is ready to accelerate the growth and success of your professional career - this class is for you! Join me in this free masterclass to learn how to position yourself as an expert, attract jobs on autopilot & get offers to the exact jobs you want!