Tips for Staying Positive During Job Interviews

Posted January 22, 2015 by
Portrait of happy female candidate gesturing thumbs up with interviewers in background

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Staying positive during a job interview is essential. No one wants to hire someone that seems to be miserable or unsure of their skills. You’ve scoured the Internet to find job opportunities and conduct your job search, now you need to stay focused and nail the interview.

If you freeze during an interview, the following tips will help you to stay positive.

Think Positive

Your mindset has a lot to do with how your job interview goes. If you think that you’re not going to get the job, this will be conveyed during your interview. Instead, you want to have confidence and remember that your skills have been honed for the position.

Sit Up Straight

Your posture can make you look negative. Seriously. Sit up straight and face the interviewer with your shoulders back. Look the interviewer in the eye and never mumble. If you can do this, you’ll ooze positivity and show the interviewer that you’re serious about getting the job.

Dress the Part

Nothing kills confidence as much as walking into an interview and realizing that you’re very underdressed. Instead, you want to dress the part. How? That’s a very good question. Ideally, you’ll take the time to drive by the office and watch a few employees as they come out for lunch.

This will allow you to see what type of attire everyone else is wearing so that you’re not dressed inappropriately.

If everyone dresses casual, I would still recommend that you wear a dress shirt and tie. After all, when you’re dressed to impress, you gain confidence that you wouldn’t normally have.

You can also ask the interviewer what the proper attire is for the office.

Smile and Be Friendly

You want to smile and be friendly. We’re not talking about a creepy smile that you never let go of during the whole interview. Instead, smile when you enter the room and shake the interviewer’s hand.

Your smile may just put the interviewer in a good mood and make you a memorable candidate.

Practice What You’ll Say

You should prepare before the interview so that you’ll know exactly what to do or say when asked a question. Ask a friend to come over and practice with them. Using a set of questions you’ve devised, you can work yourself through some of the most daunting questions, such as “what’s your biggest fault?” so that you can nail the interview.

If you don’t prepare, you won’t have the positivity and confidence that you could have had if you did.

Listen and Ask Questions

Interviewers expect you to do two things: listen and ask questions. If you’re not engaged with the interviewer or keep asking them to repeat their question, you’ll lose any positivity that you had.

Practice the art of listening. Listen intently and further cement your interest by asking the interviewer questions.

When you ask questions, you’re showing the interviewer that you’re serious about the position. All too often, interviewees will not ask pertinent questions and are less memorable as a result.

My name is Helen Evans and I’m writing about Job/Work/Career. I like to share interesting tips to help people find their dream job. My goal is to share what I have learned about searching job. I would love to supply my high quality articles and our own interesting searches in this field. Dream job is closer than you imagine!

As a marketing manager of an employment website Jobtonic, which aims to help people find latest job offers all over the world, I have been in the career development field for 5 years. We are currently launched in more than 20 countries.

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