Jobs Guru: How can I be confident in interviews?

In a nutshell, the better prepared you are, the less likely you are to feel panicky – but you’ll never completely eliminate nerves.  

The secret is to channel your nervous energy and use it to your advantage. 

Take that deep breath, focus, concentrate and refuse to let nerves spoil your day.  

In any case, most professional recruiters are trained to make allowances for the fact that you are likely to be a little on edge.

One final tip: Do try to bear in mind that you always feel more nervous than you actually look.  

(Don’t tell anyone but I find this really helps when I’m on TV, for example!)

And do ask yourself what’s the worst that could happen; after all, it’s just an interview!

Top Tip:

Immediately after each interview, think back over the questions you were asked. 

Which could you have handled better? 

How could you have handled them better? 

Plan and prepare to do so next time!

Spotlight On: Confidence

Confident people inspire confidence in others; it’s almost contagious.  

If you appear confident that you are able to do the job, the employer is likely to be more inclined to believe that you can.

Confidence is critical to a successful interview.  

Naturally it is important not to go to the other extreme and appear overconfident or arrogant – which is a surprisingly common mistake.  

You simply need to appreciate what your strengths are and to value yourself accordingly.

If a prospective employer has invited you for an interview then you obviously have something that appeals to them.  

Interviews are an expensive and time-consuming process and they wouldn’t be making the effort unless they felt you had significant potential.  

Show them that potential!

Got a question for James? You can email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter: @jamesinnes

James Innes is the author of a number of best-selling careers books. They can be found here. He is also the founder of The CV Centre.

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