As you read articles and books about interviewing, you
will notice that
most of the information focuses on "being prepared." When you
closely at the information provided , you will see that many of
tips given focus
on the external preparation: what to wear, body language,
examples. There is much less emphasis or information found on
for the interview.
Internal preparation begins with your feelings about yourself,
feelings about searching for a job and interviewing. If you have
difficult time finding a job or have been laid off, your
self-confidence may be
running a little low. Your feelings about yourself and your
self-confidence, are fragile and can change from situation to
can gauge your level of confidence or self-esteem by asking
following question, “Are you prepared to go out and sell
yourself, and feel
good about what you are selling - YOU?” If your answer is,
there is some work to do on the inside before you can sell on
If you ask any sales person, he or she will tell you that it is
sell a product that you believe in than it is to go through the
being passionate about something you really don't like or trust.
who do not believe in their own ability cannot possibly convince
that they are the "best" candidate for the job. Begin by
yourself in order to gain the confidence needed to influence
"buy" what you are selling – you!
Low Self-Esteem Statement: I
am pretty good when it comes to helping people with problems.
are my customer service
skills and my ability to get to the root of a problem to help
excel in these areas because…
When you use weak terms like, "pretty good," you send the
that you are not strong, just okay. Who would you hire? Someone
"pretty good" at helping people with problems or someone who
strengths are customer service and problem solving? Not much
Only when you believe in yourself can you convince someone else
the best person for the job.
A good way to begin your internal preparation is with an
capabilities. That means getting in touch with your strengths as
weaknesses. You will find it very empowering to discover, and
you have to offer. It is also a good idea to know what your
A simple exercise that will help you answer these questions will
take a look inside yourself and begin to think about what you
of" and what you want "less of" in your next job. People usually
perform at a higher level if they are satisfied with the work
and, as a
result, are more motivated to give 100+% to their jobs.
Begin by making a list of the important
you completed at your current/last job. These would be
tasks that you
were particularly proud of, or were energized by. In other
"turned on" by your job. Think about the last time you were so
involved in a project or task that you lost track of time or
woke up at
excited, thinking about how you could improve the situation.
experiences down and try to determine what the factors were that
satisfying for you. Be specific.
you were a "Project Leader." The tasks listed could read
like: "Led a team; coordinated and monitored project progress;
flow and completion of work on schedule; monitored expenditures
What were the stimulating tasks of this job? Was it the
was it the challenge of coordinating the details and people? Was
the project on time or below budget? Were there customers
external) and, if so, is that what you found most challenging or
didn't you like and hope that you will do less of in your next
Create similar lists for previous jobs. If
you recently graduated from college, use the classes that were
and interesting for you, or the projects you worked on with
lists of motivating experiences from your last two or three
hopefully begin to see patterns of projects and tasks that stand
your lists. Which tasks do you see listed more than once? Which
feeling the most fulfilled? Which do you look forward to doing
tasks would you like to develop your skills in? The answers to
will help you determine what you want and create possibilities
in future jobs that have similar responsibilities. Knowing what
make you feel more confident about finding the right job.
Being clear on what you like to do, and what you are good at
you to build your self-confidence and help you effectively sell
during an interview. By getting to know yourself better, you
what makes you unique and what differentiates you from your
that is one of the keys to successful interviewing – showing
the employer that you are THE
candidate for the job.
Confident, motivated, you.
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