(Closed) How can you balance being confident but not cocky for an interview?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@misskittenn:  I would always quantify any achievements. So if you say a statement like “I am really good at X”, back it up with an example.

Don’t underplay yourself… that’s the main thing. An interview IS about selling yourself, and I think that if you’re not a naturally cocky person, it would take a lot for the interviewers to think that you’re some overconfident a-hole.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Smile, and direct eye contact. Also, try to not say “umm” or “uhh” a lot. Have a clear idea of what you’re going to say, before you say it. Keeping your answers clean and concise show confidence. 🙂

But smiling is the big one. I’m not a natural smiley person, I always have “bitch face” on, even when I’m perfectly happy, so I ALWAYS have toremind myself to smile

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think eye contact is a very good starting point. And smiles.
If you’re uncomfortable with it, practice fake interviews with someone.

And don’t undersell yourself – why would you apply for the job in the first place if you didn’t think you met (or exceeded) their expectaions. 🙂
Make sure your resume speaks loud and proud for you!
Have concrete examples of your “sucesses” and hard work (time managment, organization, etc) to bring up during the interview.

Have some questions ready to ask them at the end. About their company, about their projects, etc. Write them down somewhere if you have to – it’s better than having none at all.

And try to relax! Even just a little bit.
Though (unless the interviewer is a jerk) I don’t think a small amount of nervousness generally counts against a person strongly, so don’t sweat that much either. 😛

You’ll do great!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

did you email them back asking for feedback? I’ve always received feedback from my interviewer once I asked. Always say thank you for the opportunity and you would like some feedback on the positive things and the negative things during the interview. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

make sure you’re not being dismissive when saying you can do something, be more enthusiastic… if that makes sense. Elaborate and don’t brush of the details.

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