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How to always be confident at every interview

By Mark Crorkin |

Any interview is a nerve-wracking experience, whether it is for a new job, a promotion or even just an introductory interview with a recruitment agency. Nerves can make you falter during the interview process, causing you to mix up your words, look uncomfortable and ultimately perform below your optimal level. As such, it is important to remain confident throughout your interview and show your interviewer the best side of you.

However, we know that this is far easier said than done. Our experts at Vine Resources have provided a few tips on how to always be confident in every interview, to ensure that you always leave an interview with a smile on your face.

1. Prepare

While this may sound obvious, you can quickly improve your confidence by preparing for the interview. Consider the questions the interviewer is likely to ask and ensure that you know how to answer them – often the best way to do this is to prepare set answers to common questions. By doing this at home well before the interview, you can ensure that your answers show off your skills and talents, and you will be confident that you can impress the interviewer. It is also important to do background research into the people/company that are interviewing you, to guarantee you can demonstrate your knowledge about the position.

2. Image is everything

From the moment you step through the interview door, a great way to demonstrate confidence is by looking the part. This doesn’t just include the way you are dressed, but the way in which you carry your body. Nervous habits, like tapping a pen on the desk will make you seem more nervous to the interviewer, but will also make you more nervous, as your mind associates these behaviours with stress. Therefore, adopt a calm and contained position that makes you feel comfortable, and your body will automatically become more relaxed.

3. Forget about failure

During the interview process, it is vital to clear your mind of any thoughts about failure, or not performing well. Thinking these negative thoughts will cause that negativity to come across in your answers and behaviour, ultimately making this disappointing result more likely to come true. As such, consider the positives and the answers that you have delivered well, and take the interview moment to moment rather than trying to analyse your performance while you are still being interviewed. Overall, it is important to remember that your interview is only part of the overall process, and your positives are going to be of far more interest to your interviewer than any negatives.

 

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Mark Crorkin

Written by Mark Crorkin

Mark is one of the Senior Client Account Managers at Vine. He's been in the recruitment industry for over 15 years and seen many changes from the early days of recruitment but one thing Mark has seen that remains constant is the need to have a great relationship with both clients and candidates. Mark works with our key clients across Europe managing the delivery of our recruitment solutions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK working in a fast moving environment placing consultants on programmes or projects. ​ Did you know? Mark can say "Cheers" in 14 languages