In this post, you’ll learn 4 things you can do right now to set yourself up to be confident in your upcoming interview:
- Preparation is the antidote to fear.
- Recall your highlight reel.
- Have your stories ready to go.
- See things as you want them to be – not as they are.
I’m Natalie Fisher – Speaker and Coach to new graduates.
I help recent grads feel confidently in charge of their careers and land the jobs they want (even if limited experience is holding them back).
Let’s get started!
When you go into that interview room, it’s very normal to feel nervous. Most people will tell me that they feel jittery, sometimes shaky, like everyone is staring at their every move, and it makes them feel uncomfortable and can lead to their having nervous energy in the interview.
There are 4 actions you can take before the interview to set yourself up so that showing up confidently is inevitable.
1. Preparation is the antidote to fear.
If you are as prepared as you can be, you’re going to feel a lot better than if you didn’t prepare at all. It’s just like a test. Do you feel better when you studied, or when you don’t study? Exactly.
There are two types of preparation that you want to do.
➢ First, you want to do company specific research.
➢ Second, you want to prepare your stories (which we talk a little more about in this post).
2. Recall your highlight reel.
➢ Recall the times you really did a great job on something.
For example, it could be a task or a project. Recall when you were told that you did an outstanding job, got a good grade on a paper, came up with a creative solution to something or a good idea, or helped someone out a whole lot!
➢ These are indicators that you have value.
Reminding yourself of these instances will not only help you in answering questions (with great stories), but will also help you to FEEL overall better about yourself.
Someone who goes into an interview and is remembering great things they’ve done is going to do much better than someone who is, say, thinking about their competition or thinking about the other candidates and how much more experience they may or may not have. You are the thinker of your thoughts, and before the interview and the days leading up to it, YOU want to only think the thoughts that are going to help you feel confident and get the job offer.
3. Have your stories ready to go.
I have a post where I talk about the 6 stories to nail an interview. These are a big key to preparation. You can come up with your 6 stories, and you can tell them at every interview you go to. Gotta love that!
4. See things as you want them to be – not as they are.
➢ Imagine yourself feeling great as you go into the interview.
Imagine shaking hands with the interviewer, smiling and laughing – it feels natural. You are just a natural at interviewing and everything flows well. You imagine them smiling and nodding. The way that professional athletes win gold medals in the olympics is this: they visualize themselves winning every single night.
➢ It’s as much a mental game as it is strategy and what you say.
And there you have it: 4 actions you can take right now to show up confidently in your interview.
Thank you for reading! And remember that answering questions is one thing, but there is a lot more to interviewing than just answering the questions.
In fact, if all you do is answer the questions alone, you’ve already lost at the interview.
There is a whole interview strategy at play, and if you’d like to learn more, you can get started with me by clicking the link below to grab my free guide: