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How to be More Confident Going into Your Interview

February 6th, 2020

If you’ve got a big job interview coming up, you’ve probably been experiencing some level of anxiety as you look forward to this important day. Interviews are a big deal and a major factor in getting a job offer, so it’s natural to feel some amount of stress. In fact, it’s healthy to have a little bit of this unease as it can keep you sharp and more aware.

But too much stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your interview performance, which could lead to the dreaded rejection email.

Boost Your Confidence at a Job Interview with These 4 Tips

Let your strengths and qualifications shine instead of nerves. Follow these four pieces of advice to be confident, calm, and professional for your next interview.

Be prepared

Preparation is key to a good interview and will help boost your confidence. There are a variety of ways to be prepared for your interview, and each approach will help you overcome extra stress.

  • Do your homework on the company and position. Know everything you can know about the company, who works there, and the position’s role. This will also be a key step for when you develop questions to ask your interviewer.
  • Print out extra copies of your resume, pack a notepad, writing utensil, and a list of references. These are the basic materials that you should have for your interview. Print out enough copies of your resume for everyone you may be interviewing with as well as one for yourself to look at as a reference as you answer questions.
  • Practice your responses to interview questions so you can feel more prepared for your interview. This will help you have buttoned-up yet natural responses, making sure you give your best answers.

Accentuate the Positives

If you are too stressed for a job interview, you can fall into a destructive trap of cynicism and bitterness, because you are thinking of everything that can go wrong. Be sure to focus on the positive opportunities and possible outcomes so you can stay confident and upbeat during your interview. Having a positive outlook will also help you recall your responses clearly and stay focused.

Practice Relaxation & Confidence Boosters

The morning of your interview, and even right before you get to the location, take some time to practice relaxation and confidence-boosting techniques. An easy way to feel calm is to take long, slow breaths in, and slowly exhale as well.

Experts also suggest using the power pose for at least two minutes before leaving for your job interview. Posing like a superhero for two minutes is said to boost confidence. 

Realize You are Not Desperate

Before heading into your interview, be sure you remind yourself that this interview is not your last chance for success. Even though the job looks great on paper, the interview is a good chance for you to also understand if this company will help you achieve your career goals. 

You need to stay focused on the interview and not caught up in desperation. If you come across as needy, that will not do you any benefit to getting the job. 

Even a bad interview is a great learning experience, so there is something positive in every interview. However, understanding that you are not desperate can help you perform well in your interview and even get a job offer.

Find the Right Job to Kickstart Your Career

Are you still looking for the right job to help you reach your career goals? Browse the job board or contact Concorde Personnel today.

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Top 5 Resolutions for Job Seekers

January 9th, 2020

As the new year begins, many job seekers find a boost in motivation to amp up their search for their next job. It’s not unusual for people to start a new year with a goal of finding a better job, but with a new year, should come a fresh start.  To be successful and make the most of this job-seeking energy kick, you should focus on these top resolutions for your search.

Consider these five resolutions to help you find a great job as you start the new year.

Revisit Your Resume & Cover Letter

Hopefully, after a refreshing holiday break, you can revisit your resume and cover letter with fresh eyes and a fresh outlook. First of all, be sure you update it with any new job experience, accomplishments, and skills, Be sure to use active language that engages recruiters and also include hard numbers when applicable. While you will tailor these documents slightly for each position to apply to, it’s essential to have an updated base version that serves as a solid foundation for you in your job search.

To have a professional review your resume and cover letter, you can always contact a staffing agency or career professional.

Evaluate Your Online Presence

Searching for a job in 2020 (like recent years) is much different than several years prior. Your online presence is actually just as important as that resume and cover letter you worked so hard to update! Be sure to update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your resume. You will also want to consider your other social media profiles, like Facebook, Instagram, etc. While these platforms do not share the same purpose as LinkedIn or a professional blog that you may have, they are still scoured by recruiters and hiring managers, so clean up your content if it doesn’t portray you in a responsible, professional, or likable manner.

Learn New Skills & Volunteer

It’s essential to continue to grow as a person and a professional with each year. So, what better time to add new skills and experience to your resume than the start of a new year? Whether you take a class or become certified in a new skill, or look to serving your community, these are all great ways to become a better person while also boosting your resume. These experiences and new skills may be just what you need to become qualified for your dream job.

Network

To be considered for new opportunities, or to know about new job openings, you need to put in the effort to network and build your brand. You can network on LinkedIn or other professional sites, but you should also get connected to your local professional networks. Building your own brand and reputation will take effort, but it’s definitely worth it! Not only might you find a job that can catapult your career, but you may make lifelong friends and colleagues along the way who will enrich your life even more.

Focus on the Job You Want

Once you determine the type of job you want, stay focused on that goal of working at that job. Maybe you want to work at a specific company, or perhaps you just want to get a promotion to a new position at any company. Whatever the goal for you, stay focused and do something every day to achieve that dream. Create a reminder on your phone, or a note on your computer as a simple reminder of why you are working so hard, staying focused, and not giving up. 

Find the Right Job for You in 2020

Want to start the year off at the right job for your career goals? Contact Concorde Personnel for all your job search needs and questions.

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