Updated: May 30
Feeling confident in an interview is one thing but it’s important to show your confidence to interviewers so you can get hired faster.
Confidence is key to a successful interview. It plays a big role in your performance and outcomes from an interview. Even when you don’t feel confident in an interview, you need to “fake it until you make it”. You must not appear unsure during interviews. You need to trust yourself first, others around you will begin trusting you too.
Even if you have the best professional skills on paper, and you attend an interview with slouched shoulders, a fumbling voice, a hesitant attitude, and not able to express your answers, you would not be able to crack the interview. Though you may feel anxious due to the interview, a little confidence goes a long way toward cracking it.
7 Ways to Show Your Confidence In A Job Interview
If you think confidence is something you are born with, it’s simply not true. Confidence is a skill that can be developed; the more you practice it, the better you get. Showing confidence during your interview requires a mix of strong body language, and practicing a few confidence-boosting tips.
Here are seven effective ways you can show your confidence and crack interviews.
1. Take a Deep Breath and Relax
Breathing is something we can easily control and regulate. It is a powerful tool to ease stress, make you feel less anxious, and attain a clear state of mind. Just before meeting and greeting your interviewer, take a few moments to do some breathing.
Take a deep breath through your nose till you feel your stomach expand and then slowly release it out through your mouth. Repeat this exercise 3-4 times. It can mitigate the troublesome emotions like nervousness or fear you may be experiencing at that time. You can do it anytime you feel anxious during the interview.
2. Make and Maintain Eye Contact
One of the best ways to show you are more confident than you feel is to establish and keep steady yet natural eye contact with the interviewers throughout the interview. Lack of direct eye contact, looking down, or looking away, reduces your chances of cracking the interview.
Make regular eye contact and focus on a spot between the interviewer’s eyes. Take natural breaks, like looking down at your resume every once in a while to avoid making the interaction awkward.
3. Connect with the Interviewer(s)
Interviews are not interrogations. During an interview, focus on building a friendly rapport with your interviewer rather than impressing or being submissive to him or her. Confidence is about putting people as well as yourself at ease. Creating a friendly rapport will put both of you at ease and will maximise your confidence.
4. Deliver Your Answers in Calm Tone
Speak with conviction but use your normal voice and don't speak in a monotone. An abrupt pitch can be perceived as a lack of confidence. Fast-talking indicates your nervousness. Try to sound relaxed and not hesitant while answering the interviewer’s questions.
Control your tone and deliver your answers calmly and slowly as confident statements, not questions, you will sound more confident. You can stop and take a moment to comprehend the question and frame the answer that will sound best. Don’t hesitate to ask an interviewer to clarify their question if required.
5. Be Specific and Honest with Your Answers
Avoid rambling or giving long-winded answers to improve your chances to crack interviews. Interviewers want a clear, direct answer to their questions. Keep the conversation professional and avoid giving too many personal details. Talking too much also shows a lack of confidence and can cost you the job offer.
When the interviewer asks you a complicated question, instead of getting nervous or fabricating a dummy answer, take a deep breath and think about two to three crucial points related to it and share them with your interviewer in a concise manner.
6. Visualise a Successful Interview
Visualisation is a powerful tool and it has the same effect on the brain as doing the actual activity. Before your interview, visualise what it would look like if it went successful. This activity will calm any pre-interview nervousness and give a boost to your confidence and self-esteem.
7. Interview the Employer
Want to show extreme confidence in your interview? Ask relevant questions to interviewers throughout the interview. Don’t be arrogant. Assume you have several job opportunities and are selective about where you go next in your career. This approach is one of the best ways to show your confidence in your interview and improves your chances to crack the interview.
Showcasing your confidence during a job interview is as important as demonstrating your unique qualifications and professional expertise. Employers like to hire candidates who show confidence in a job interview. Acquire appropriate ways to sound and appear confident during your interviews and get more job offers.
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Smita D Jain is a Certified Life Coach, Executive Coach, and NLP Practitioner. Smita’s ‘Empower Yourself’ Personal Clarity Coaching Programs enable busy professionals unhappy in their jobs to tap into their passions and transform them into professions so that they work because they want to, not because they have to.
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