Interview Confidence During a Pandemic

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Follow these Five Tips to Show Confidence in a Video Interview

Webster’s Dictionary defines confidence as,”a feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or of reliance on one’s circumstances.” It seems that in these unsettled times, confidence has been shaken for many people. This crisis of confidence has been recounted to me by many in job search and interview mode. However, there are practices which a prospective candidate can adopt to take to control some of the negative headspace, while increasing confidence.

1. Try Power Poses for a Pre-Interview Confidence Boost

This TED Talk by Amy Cuddy has been adopted by many as a pre-interview confidence boost. It’s interesting and worth a view and a try: Power Poses

2. Use Good Posture for a Better Mood

Studies have shown that good posture allows for a better mood. The National Institute of Health states that, “adopting an upright seated posture in the face of stress can maintain self-esteem, reduce negative mood, and increase positive mood compared to a slumped posture.” Furthermore, sitting upright increases rate of speech and reduces self-focus.

3. Maintain Eye Contact During a Video Interview

Just as in an onsite interview, virtual interviews require good eye contact – not staring. Do not look at the camera view of yourself during a video interview. I know it is hard to ignore this image, but many clients have shared that they are distracted by their own image and lose focus. Look for the camera on your computer and center yourself accordingly. Practice with the video camera image beforehand and gain control of the virtual image and space.

4. Use Positive Self Talk to Keep Focused on Your Best Qualities

What strengths brought you to this point? Focus on the reasons why you are a good fit for this opportunity. Keep a focus on your best qualities, the things that others see in you that make you unique. Write them down and keep them nearby for positive motivation and for giving yourself positive affirmation prior to an interview. Focus on your results, achievements and accomplishments.

5. Be Likable and Show You Can Fit into the Culture

Landing an interview is an affirmation of your potential for this position. Being likable illustrates that you can be a fit in the organizational culture. It is the combination of experience and likability which creates a successful interview experience. Simple gestures like smiling help create a personal dimension to an online video interview.

Taking Control of What You Can to Maintain Confidence in an Interview Can Help

While there are many uncontrollable factors in today’s world, there are components of the interview process for which you have power. The more you research, prepare and practice, the more relaxed, confident and empowered you will become. The more your confidence exudes itself, the better your interview will be.