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Great Tips to Boost Your Job Interview Confidence

Jul 15, 2008
If you want to outshine others in the interview and grab the offer, you need to carry yourself with a lot of confidence and the right attitude. Here are a few tips that can help you boost your confidence when going for a job interview.

There are many things that matter in an interview; it's not only the right answers, but also the way you answer. There are many things that interviewers observe before they decide to hire you.

Do Some Groundwork

To increase your chances of getting hired, you need to do some research with regard to the company. Log on to their website and check what they are looking for. Gathering some information about the company will help you answer their questions with confidence.

Knowledge regarding their work culture and their mission will help you give good answers. Once you get to know what the company is looking for, you can be confident enough to speak about your own experience with respect to what they are seeking.


Many find it stupid and useless to rehearse for an interview, thinking that it is impossible to know what questions will be asked. However, if you practice for common questions related to the job profile, it will help you to be confident at the interview.

It's true that practice can make perfect. Many lose job offers not because they didn't know the answers, but because they were not prepared. You can ask a friend to help you or simply sit in front of a mirror and rehearse. Record your answers on tape and analyze how you sound.

Practice will help you boost your confidence - because you will know you are well prepared.

Appearance and Attitude

First, the way you dress makes a lot of difference. Before you go for an interview, plan what you are going to wear. Men should wear a business suit. Women should dress modestly and neatly. Remember, you are not going there for a fashion show or to impress other candidates.

Women need to have a light layer of makeup unless the job calls for being in front of a camera. Carry yourself smartly and check your posture. The moment you walk into the office, you are being observed. When you walk toward the interviewer, their eyes are on you and they form an impression about you. When the interviewer shakes your hand, they judge your confidence by the firmness of it. See to it that your hand is sweat-free or it might reveal your nervousness. Throughout the interview, maintain eye contact.

Always keep in your mind the conviction that you don't need the company - the company needs you. It may not be true, but it can help boost your confidence. Believe in yourself and give it your best shot!
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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