You know that the most important thing you can do to be confident in an interview is, be well prepared. This means that you should have, step by step, analysed the role you are applying for, learned as much about the company, plus the sector and economic climate in which it operates, and finally carefully considered the knowledge, skills, talent and experience you could bring to the role. Of course you should also anticipate and prepare for the questions you are likely to be asked. Structure your answers using S.T.A.R. – situation, task, action, result. And finally, prepare some interesting questions that you can ask the interviewer.
But even if you prepare thoroughly, interview stress and the resulting symptoms, racing heart, shaking hands, and sweaty palms, may mean that the interviewer meets a nervous wreck rather than their next superstar recruit. That ‘first impression’ is crucial and we all know it. You want the employer to meet your ‘best self’ – when you appear at your most confident, personable, intelligent and engaging.
Amy Cuddy, an American Social Psychologist, is an expert on how ‘body language’, particularly ‘power poses’, can influence how confident we look and how confident we feel. You can see her explain, in brief, her theory, the research she conducted, and the very compelling results. She offers some very practical tips that can help you feel more confident and powerful in an interview or on any occasion when you need to impress.