When you apply for an open position, a great way to think of it is that your resume or cover letter gets you the interview, but how you present yourself in that meeting gets you the job. With that in mind, you need to do all in your power to ensure you come off as well as possible when talking with your interviewer, and a big part of that is appearing to be confident.
Even if you're a bit nervous, confidence is key, so the following five suggestions should help you land the job you want:
1) Make plenty of eye contact
One of the best ways to show that you're not exactly confident - in any setting - is to avoid eye contact, according to Career Sidekick. Consequently, regardless of whether it's a little uncomfortable for you, it's a must in a job interview. It should start the second you walk in the door and continue through the the end of the meeting. However, it's worth noting that there's such a thing as too much eye contact as well, so you'll need to strike a happy balance.
2) Sit up straight
Just like most moms always say, it's important to sit up straight, Career Sidekick advised. Slouching in your chair and folding your hands in your lap are classic signs of being nervous, so it's better to sit all the way back in the chair, with your feet flat on the ground. That's good posture and exudes confidence in ways you may not expect.
3) Breathe regularly
If you're nervous in a conversation, you may have a tendency to hold your breath while the other person is talking, but that's not good for your body, according to The Muse. If you have to mentally remind yourself to breathe - or even write yourself a note - it's important to do so. While successful interviews could change a lot of things in your life, it's important to take a moment a make sure you're breathing steadily so you don't end up having to take an unexpectedly large breath later.
4) Talk slowly
Another common trait among nervous talkers is talking very quickly and not necessarily getting your point across in an organized fashion, The Muse added. Taking an extra second or two to think about what you're going to say, then saying it as deliberately as you can, is a great way to avoid this common issue, and make sure you feel more "in control" on your side of the interview.
5) Make it a conversation
To that end, it's also a good idea not to let an interview become something of a Q&A session, with the hiring manager lobbing a number of questions at you, according to job search expert Louis Effron, writing for Forbes. Make sure to pepper in your own questions throughout the interview so you don't feel as though you're being interrogated. Also, try to avoid waiting until the end of the interview to ask a number of questions that might come up.
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