How to Exude Confidence at an Interview When You’re Shaking in Your Shoes

Interviewing is a nerve wracking experience. You want to put your best foot forward and make a great impression. You want the job. It’s a lot of pressure to put on one brief interaction. It’s enough to make even the bravest people shake in their shoes. Let’s take a look at a few tips and strategies to help you exude confidence at your next interview.

#1 Know What It Takes For You to Feel Confident

When do you feel most confident? What makes you feel strong and secure in yourself and your abilities? For example,

  • Research – Spend a bit of time researching the company, your industry, and if possible the people you’ll be interviewing with. The more information you have, the more confident and comfortable you’ll be during the interview.
  • Practice – Perfect practice makes perfect. Craft responses to anticipated questions and practice them. You reduce the risk of being caught by surprise and fumbling for an answer.
  • Well dressed and groomed – When you look good, you feel good. Find an interviewing suit that makes you feel strong and confident. Take extra time on your appearance before the interview.

#2 Practice Stress/Anxiety Releasing Exercises

There are many tactics that reduce stress. They include but are not limited to:

  • Affirmations. For example, say to yourself “I am confident in my ability to make a great impression.”
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Positive thinking

#3 Learn About Body Language

Your body language tells others a lot. When you learn to master your body language you can exude confidence even when you’re not feeling it. Here are a few tips and confident body language cues to learn.

  • Strong handshake. Don’t break bones, but don’t be a limp noodle either.
  • When sitting, holding your hands open and facing upward signals a state of openness and relaxation.
  • Maintain eye contact during conversations.
  • Sit up straight, and lean slightly forward in your chair. It shows you’re interested in what the interviewer has to say.
  • Nod occasionally and show the interviewer that you’re listening.
  • Smile.
  • Sit still. Fidgeting is a sure sign that you’re uncomfortable. It’s also distracting to the people you’re speaking to.
  • Finally, keep your arms at your sides or resting naturally on your lap. When your arms are crossed, even if you’re not feeling defensive, it signals that you are protecting yourself and therefore uncomfortable and lacking confidence.

An interview is a stressful event. However, you don’t have to show how anxious you are. Master these few tips and strategies. Exude confidence even when you’re shaking in your shoes.

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