(Closed) Interview tomorrow, but my confidence is nonexistent.

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@allihappy:  I persume you sent your CV to get this interview?  If so, your CV obviously shows something promising to this company, otherwise I am certain they wouldn’t even waster their time giving you an interview.  So bare that in mind when you go in there.

Think back to the horrible interview, what went wrong there?  Were you unprepared with answers?  Did you feel backed into a corner with any of the questions?  If you can remember, write down the questions or situations that threw you and work out a plan on how to answer/deal with them if they arise this time – this in itself will really help you to put things into perspective.

Have you researched the company?  Get an understanding of them, and their aims as a company and try using this knowledge in your interview.  Ask questions.  Go in there with a notepad with some questions you may want to ask.

As I said in the beginning – they’ve obviously seen something they like in your CV, so go in there and use your experience!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was in your shoes for almost 3 months and I felt like every interview I went on went horribly because I had no confidence. This was due to the fact that I got fired for basically being forced to do a supervisor’s job when I had no experience in that area and had only worked at the company for 60 days!

I was feeling horrible about myself and felt that since I “couldn’t” do my last job, I’d never be able to do any other job ever again. 

But when I thought about it logistically, I knew this wasn’t true. It’s hard, but you REALLY have to give yourself a positive pep talk. The thing that works best for me is to imagine what you’d tell a friend in your shoes. Look in the mirror and tell YOU what you’d tell a good friend to encourage him or her.

The phrase “fake it til you make it” comes to mind. It’s hard, but sometimes you have to fake your confidence. You obviously don’t have to fake your talent or skills because your resume spoke for itself, otherwise they wouldn’t have called you for an interview. Just always, ALWAYS focus on the positive, no matter how seemingly small that may be.

And don’t take it personally if an interview doesn’t go well or the interviewers don’t seem to like you. Sometimes it’s just not a good match. I used to think that was all BS and just something that was said to make losers feel better, but it’s not. Looking for a job is kind of like looking for a relationship — sometimes when things end or don’t work out, it”s not a reflection of you or the other person. Sometimes it simply doesn’t mesh.

So give yourself a pep talk, treat yourself to a new outfit or an ice cream, and go into the interview with an open mind. Don’t say “I’m going to get this job” or “I’m going to bomb,” just go and see what happens.

Good luck! I really believe if things are meant to be, it’ll happen for you! And if not, something better will come along!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@allihappy:  Oh what an arse!  This is not a reflection on you, but of her.  Were you asked to give written feedback after the interview?  Don’t let Mrs Pitbull rip your confidence apart – and by the sounds of it – the interview was actually a lucky escape – could you imagine working for her?  That bad interview has left you free and searching for a job that’s even more perfect for you, for example the one you’re going to tomorrow.

You are going to be great tomorrow.  You will go into that interview and shine.  IF you do find yourself stuck, just ask for a moment or two to think of your answer, or ask a question to help you find your answer easier. 

I’ll wish you good luck but I am certain you don’t need it as you have all the tools you need.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@allihappy:  Well that’s a HUGE positive from that interview – if the MD thinks you were great for the job, and disagreed with the final decision, then that must mean that YOU were great!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@allihappy:  Brilliant!  Can’t wait to hear the results.  Now keep up the positive thinking and I’m sure you’ll be hearing some great news VERY soon!

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