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Build Confidence for Job Interviews
by Having a Positive Mindset
What will it take for you to
feel more confident in your
next interview? By developing
the right mindset before your
next interview, you can feel
more confident walking in.
This will help ease some of the
jitters you may typically have.
Although people will respond
differently, using a road map and
taking positive steps will help you
increase your confidence.
To strengthen my interview
confidence, I developed the
right mindset, prepared more
thoroughly, adapted during in-
terviews, and reflected about the
interview. As a result, I felt more
at ease walking into the interview.
For you, it could be one of a few
steps that have helped others in
these common situations. Yes --
common. You're not alone. Just
as others have rebuilt their con-
fidence, you can enhance yours.
We just need a road map. Let's
get to it!
There are two parts to the road
map for enhancing your inter-
• Develop the right mindset (this
• Really prepare for your inter-
view, which includes how to
apply your preparation to the
interview and build on your
Develop a Positive Mindset to
Increase Job Interview Con-
The right mindset for your job
interview is a positive one, a frame
of mind that will enable you to
present your best self in your job
These are the elements of a
1. Believe in a growth mindset.
In other words, believe that with
enough preparation, practice, and
experience you can enhance your
There may be some parts of
interviewing that are new to you.
When we do new things, we
get more tired because we're us-
ing different parts of our brain.
How much thought do you give
to riding a bike or other skill-
based hobbies? Learning to ride
that bike took time, effort, and
concentration. However, after
mastering that skill, bike riding
became easier to do.
The same is true for job inter-
If it's hard for you to write about
your accomplishments or look people in
the eye, then having a growth mindset
will allow you to believe that by practic-
ing a little each day, you will improve.
• What’s the cost to you if you believe
you can't improve?
• What is the most challenging thing
to you when it comes to interview-
• What small steps can you take each
day to overcome these challenges?
As we do new things repeatedly,
they become habits. Habits take less
time and effort to build, but once es-
tablished, they become much easier to
2. You are on equal footing.
Yes, you may really need the job. But,
you also need to understand if you will
like the job and the organization. So,
you are interviewing them just as much
as they are interviewing you. Ask ques-
tions to ensure the company is right
3. You can only control what you can
Let go of the rest.
You can't make like the hiring man-
ager like you. You can't take back words
you might have wanted to say differ-
ently. You can't reverse time if you're
a few minutes late.
You can prepare your responses, treat
each interview as a learning experience,
and ensure you put your best game on
(e.g. appearance, attitude, timeliness)
because you control those aspects of
the job interview.
4. Take credit for the good work
Don’t be bashful. What success sto-
ries are you not sharing because you
don't want to seem boastful? How will
holding back information impact your
Remember the skills that qualify you
for the job. Be proud of your accom-
plishments that demonstrate you are
qualified for the job. If you don't share
those qualifications and accomplish-
ments in the interview, the employer
will never learn about them.
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