Follow These Tips to Be Confident and Prepared

John Krautzel
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Employers want confident workers, which is why it is imperative to put ample time into mastering specific job search strategies and preparing for the job interview. Walk into that first meeting with your head held high, knowing you are ready to take on this new and exciting venture with confidence. The following tips can help you ace the interview and secure the position of your dreams.

1. Research the Company

Boost your confidence and knowledge by thoroughly researching the company prior to the job interview. Learn all about the firm's products and services so you can reference them and how your skills and qualifications can impact the company's efforts. Identify the company's mission and goals and learn about the company culture. If possible, connect with members of your network who are currently employed by the company or have information about the company's operations to further boost your knowledge.

2. Eliminate Distractions

Avoid taking your phone or any mobile device into the meeting. If you must bring your phone with you, turn the device off before the job interview. Buzzing or beeping from a mobile device can be distracting and might make you appear unprofessional. Avoid wearing accessories that may distract the employer or cause you to fidget, such as dangling jewelry or a large watch. When you eliminate distractions, you can give the employer your full, undivided attention while displaying your confidence in your skills.

3. Focus on Your Body Language

How a candidate communicates nonverbally shows confidence or a lack of confidence. Continuously improve your body language throughout your job search. Pay close attention to your posture, make solid eye contact from the start of the job interview and offer a firm handshake when you first meet the hiring manager. Don't clench your hands during the meeting and smile often to show the employer you are eager and have a great attitude.

4. Ask Questions

Job candidates who are prepared with questions for the employer show that they are genuinely interested in the opportunity. While researching the company, compile a list of questions that reveal you've done ample research about the organization. During the job interview, ask specific questions about new products or services, and inquire about special events you learned about while searching the company's website or social media pages. This extra knowledge about the organization is sure to impress employers.

Confidence is crucial when presenting your skills and qualifications to a potential employer. Prepare thoroughly for the meeting and showcase your confidence and professionalism throughout the job interview. Spend time researching the company and rehearsing your responses to common interview questions beforehand so you can put your best foot forward from the moment you walk into the hiring manager's office.


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  • Robin K.
    Robin K.

    Great article. Great insight to the process

  • F. Marie G.
    F. Marie G.

    Great Article!

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