Job Interview Confidence

This morning, I had a job career interview.

 

 

Obviously, I started with my most favorite breakfast ever…

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…Kashi H2H, banana, milk, and PB.

Let’s not forget about the coffee!

 

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Calming the tummy nerves was a necessity.

 

I was honestly more nervous about the fact that there were three lanes closed on the freeway than the actual interview itself. Traffic was so backed up and I got there literally JUST in time even though I allowed an extra hour to drive less than 10 miles.

 

The road pretty much just looked like a giant parking lot.

 

 

Ummm… NOT COOL!

 

When I first heard that the company wanted to interview me, I was SO nervous. I knew that at least a dozen other people would be interviewing for the same position, and I had to figure out a way to stand out. There was absolutely nothing  I could actually do in one week to make myself a better candidate other than gaining confidence. I didn’t have time to learn new skills, or graduate, or take another course.

 

While I have no idea yet where I stand as far as actually landing the job, I do have to say that I walked in to the interview  feeling very confident.

 

The interview itself went really well. I know that if I don’t get the job it isn’t because I am a failure. All that I could do is be myself and if they don’t like it, then there is something else better out there for me. Optimism is my motto.

I received at least a dozen e-mails today (crazy!) asking how I prepped for my interview.

 

Honestly, I already had everything inside me, I just had to find the key to unlock it. I had to let my abilities and confidence shine through. I had to let the interviewer know that I wanted the job, and that I was the best candidate for the position.

 

 

 

Here is how I personally boosted my interviewing confidence:

 

The Resume:

 

I think I had exactly 14 revisions of my resume before I finalized it.  I had several people proofread it, including old co-workers, friends, classmates, and even people that are in the industry. This is the very, very first impression. I knew that if my resume sucked, I wouldn’t even get a call. Everything is 100% truthful, but worded to make me sound, well… EPIC.

 

I also printed 5 copies to bring with me, and I ended up needing 3 of them! It always pays to be prepared.

 

 

Dress Confidently:

 

To be honest, I have gained a tad bit of  weight since my last office job. I am totally fine with that, but my professional wardrobe is a little too snug to be appropriate if you know what I mean.

 

I wanted to FEEL confident, so I went and got a new (properly fitting) outfit. I tried on outfits for an hour until I found something that made me feel GOOD.

 

 

I automatically felt more confident and professional wearing this outfit.

 

 

 

Practice, Practice, Practice:

 

A week or so before the interview, I Google-d "top job interview questions”, printed out a list, and practiced answering them. I took notes and throughout the week I thought of examples of things I wanted to say if certain questions were asked.

 

Practicing what I was going to say took the guess work out. I was able to speak much more articulately.

 

I had Mark ask me interview questions so many times that I think he pretty much could have done the interview for me. Poor thing, he really is a good sport.

 

 

Act Like You’re EPIC, and You will BE epic.

 

Honestly, one of the things that helped me out the most was a simple text message from Taylor, just before I walked into the interview.

 

It said, “Don’t be nervous, it will show! Act like you are the most confident person ever and that they would be LUCKY to have you.”

 

 

 

I will keep you posted as the job search and interviewing process continues! In the meantime, I am off to relax. After all, I’m done with finals AND the interview.

 

 

What are your tips for job interview confidence?

 

❤ MegaNerd

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29 Responses

  1. Congrats girl!!! I’m sure that a huge load was took off of your shoulders after you were done. And it sounds like you couldn’t have been more prepared! Crossing my fingers for you..

  2. I’m impressed with all your preperation! Great job, I hope you get it!

  3. Really good tips! I’m job hunting now and I was getting nervous just reading about your interview right now, yikes. When I was job searching at the end of college, the best guidance the Career Center had was to look specifically at behavioral interview samples a lot (wish I used the CC more and did mock interviews!!). My favorite tip was to remember to be an answer STAR- state the situation or task you had to do, the action you took, and the results.

  4. Good luck!! =)

  5. Congrats! I hope you get a job you love:)

  6. Congrats on the interview. I am sure you knocked them dead! 🙂

  7. I use my no-fail interview question–I ask, at the end of an interview, “Is there anything on my resume or that you’ve heard in this interview that indicates I would NOT be a good fit for the position?” Usually, they respect your balls and it makes them think “Well…no, not really.”

    It got me my job!

  8. Hey– great interview tips! One other question– can you fill us in on what happened with your coursework? I thought you had to go an extra semester, but you’re interviewing for jobs, too?

    • I do have one semester left, this summer. It’s a night class and I would work during the day. I would start as an intern and once I graduate I would become full time.

      Sorry for the confusion!

  9. Great tips, I bet you rocked it! I really think confidence makes aaall the difference.

  10. Best of luck. I really hope it works out for you Megan! You deserve it! 😀

  11. The more interviews you do, the easier it gets.

  12. Those are great tips, I’m sure you did awesome!! Good things for me to keep in mind… I’m in the on-going process of job/internship hunting and resume building and interviewing! Thanks for the recap! And good luck!! 😀

  13. Great work – and they are some awesome tips!!!

  14. Hope you get the job!!

  15. Wow you prepped so much for this interview! You are such a dedicated person and I can tell you really want the job. Good luck! Good luck!

  16. What great tips! I particuarly like the practice one – googling questions, that’s really clever. I hope you hear back from them soon 🙂

  17. So glad the interview went well Megan!

  18. Great tips! Good luck! Can´t wait to hear how it all ends up. I am sure you were EPIC : ) slash I really love how often I have been seeing that word on blogs. Kind of an automatic confidence booster, isn´t it?

  19. Yay! I had no idea that helped you so much! Glad I could be a help to ya! 🙂 MISS YOU WIFEY YOU’RE THE BESTTTT

  20. Congrats on a confident interview!! I love that you say if you don’t get the job it’s not because you’re a failure– this is SO SO true!!!
    I think what helps me best for interviews is coming up with answers to questions they might ask. It’s so hard to think of what you’ve done when someone’s staring at you!

  21. Practicing is what helped me the most! My mom made me answer questions over and over and over!

  22. Good luck with the job Megan!

    I always go into interviews with a ton of questions about the company and about the actual position. I think it helps to show that I have done my research, and actually spent time preparing. Sometimes I don’t get to ask all my questions, but other times it works in my favor because I end up being the one asking the questions, which means they are not asking me questions! 🙂

  23. My tips are to make sure you know the company – do some research outside of the company’s website and go in there and act like you really believe in the company and want to work for them. Also, don’t act like you know everything but act as though you want to learn.

  24. Good Luck to you!!

    yes, its not easy to get the job you want, because you have to prove yourself at the interview, I can say 50% is the resume, and 50% is your personality, because if someone will have better skills then you but you are a nicer person you will get the job! Believe! i came from Eastern Europe, I didn’t have any US education, but I studied in my country in English! and I got a job with a company on Wall Street, and I was 21!!! so everything is possible, and practice is the key, let your friends give you questions that you don’t expect, let other people review your resume! SMILE!!!!! SPEAK SLOW!!! Look Professional! make your research about the company and only from their website, look for articles! if you look for A JOB IN FINANCE&ACCOUNTING

  25. try to research company profitability! everything you can!!!!! that will help you, yes and no matter what industry try to have strong excel skills!! vlookup hlookup and pivot tables and speak about them!!
    Good luck to everybody!
    I am also looking for a new job now!! 🙂

  26. Bring a professional leather binder. Inside have questions listed that you want to ask about the company.

    Take notes when they give you answers!

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