Individuals only get one chance to shine at a job interview, so it’s important to be confident and articulate, claims Skyline Marketing. The Liverpool-based outsourced sales and marketing firm reviews 5 confidence-boosting tips.
There is only one chance to make a first impression and according to research there is only a 7 second window to make a strong one. Skyline Marketing believe it’s important for interviewees to act quickly to make a good impression on their interviewer and here the firm have reviewed 5 confidence-boosting tips.
1) Build a Rapport
One of the things Skyline Marketing teaches their representatives is how to build a rapport with consumers and they believe building a rapport in an interview scenario is just as important. “In an interview it’s important to come across as likeable. Interviewees should focus their energy on building a rapport with the interviewer rather than impressing them,” said a representative for Skyline Marketing.
2) Prepare, prepare, prepare
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
Preparation is key. Going into an interview prepared is a great confidence booster. It’s important for interviewees to research the company and the position. This will provide a good insight into the company, their values and culture and allow the interviewee to prepare for any questions. This prior preparation will take the pressure off.
Smiling is infectious. People who smile immediately come across as friendly and likeable. Smiling is a powerful tool and two studies conducted at Uppsala University in Sweden between 2002 and 2011 confirmed it. They found that other people’s smiles suppress the control someone has over their own facial muscles, compelling them to smile. The research also confirmed it’s very difficult to frown when looking at someone who smiles.
4) Use breathing techniques to boost confidence
The key to being confident is feeling relaxed, therefore breathing and mindfulness exercises are helpful. Focussing on breathing just before an interview can be extremely helpful in calming nerves.
Business psychologist Dr Sarah Connell, agrees: “When we are anxious our blood flows away from our brains as we are in fight or flight mode, and our cognitive functions can suffer.” Therefore slow, deep breathing brings oxygen back to the brains, helping them to then think clearly.
5) Visualise Success
Visualisation is a tool that successful people master. Picturing success will give the interviewee a boost to their confidence and self-esteem. Interview coach Margaret Buj spoke on the subject saying;
“Before you go in start visualising a successful interview: imagine how you walk to the room, shake the interviewer’s hands and answer the questions with confidence.” It is this technique that Buj believes will help calm any pre-interview nerves.
Interviews are often high-pressure situations and some people succumb to that. Skyline Marketing urge interviewees to implement these 5 tips to boost their confidence levels and improve their chances of success.
Skyline Marketing are Liverpool’s leading outsourced sales and marketing firm. Skyline Marketing is an outsourced sales company that has successfully increased revenue since their commencement in 2011. The firm’s rapid growth has seen them be named one of the leaders in the direct sales and marketing industry. Founded in Birmingham, the firm have recently expanded into Liverpool, which is emerging as one of the UK’s most successful locations to start a business. Skyline Marketing is outsourced by businesses looking to expand their customer base and increase awareness of their brands.