Acting like your natural, true self in an interview is far easier said than done…for most of us, at least. The unfortunate part is the less natural and at-ease you come across, the less confidence the employer will have in your ability to handle stressful situations.
Give yourself the confidence you deserve with these simple ways to come across more naturally in your next interview.
- Have a full understanding of the history of the business you are interviewing for, as well as the mission behind it. If you go in to an interview knowing nothing about the company other than top-line information like what they sell or the basics of what they do, studies say you are 47% less likely to land the job. Interviewers want to see a genuine interest in the business or brand from the potential candidates, and by doing your research before you go in, you will be far more prepared to answer any questions about it or to even ask some questions yourself; this helps you come across as prepared and natural. No more stumbling on your words!
- Practice making eye contact. Locking eyes with someone is super uncomfortable, we get it. But avoiding eye contact with the interviewer makes you come across as shy, and frankly a bit shady. Looking away for a minute to gather your thoughts is great, but don’t forget to regain eye contact afterwards.
- Practice breathing techniques to keep calm. Calming your racing heart and nerves when you’re anxious during an interview is a fine art. Practice breathing techniques at home designed to slow your heart rate allowing you to come across far more natural than if you look to be a nervous wreck.
- Smile! If you know you are the right person for this position and will do a great job, show it! Smile during the interview and look as though you are having a good time.
- Be prepared. Being prepared by studying common interview questions and the best ways to answer them will help you come across more naturally and give you a leg up on the competition. If you are not the best at answering things on the spot, this is a great way to tackle that issue without humming and hawing during the interview itself.