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One of the most critical factors that a hiring manager considers when choosing a candidate is the interview. It allows them to see how well you can impress them with your skills and experience. Before you walk into the interview, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to prepare for it. Here are ten ways to improve your confidence before your next interview.

  1. Do your research.

Look for opportunities throughout the interview to exhibit what you’ve learned from your research. According to studies, hiring managers prefer candidates with the necessary knowledge to work for the company. You should check the company’s social media channels and website for any recent achievements and initiatives that could be relevant to your application.

  1. Prepare an elevator pitch.

Prepare an elevator pitch, which will give you an opportunity to answer the interviewer’s questions convincingly. Talk about your passion for the field. In addition, try to highlight the various skills you’ve acquired over the years that align with the company’s requirements.

  1. Study your resume.

Your cover letter and resume are likely to be referenced by the hiring manager during the interview, so it’s important that you can speak intelligently about your previous positions and the skills that you’re applying for. Before the interview, make sure that you thoroughly study your cover letter and resume.

  1. Study the job description.

Ensure that you thoroughly understand the company’s requirements and what skills and experiences it is looking for in a candidate. This will allow you to align your own skills and experience with the company’s requirements. Having a good understanding of the job description can also help you navigate the interview and highlight the various skills you can showcase.

  1. Use the STAR method.

Prepare a story that will tell the interviewer about your experience and achievements, which will separate you from the other candidates. These stories will help you show the interviewer that you can overcome any challenge you face.

Situation: Share the situation or challenge you were facing as well as any other relevant details.
Task: Describe your responsibility in the situation.
Action: Share how you overcame the challenge.
Result: Discuss the outcome you achieved by taking those actions.

Study the job listings and the top interview questions. Using the resources that you have available, you can think of up to 20 story responses that you can share if asked the questions. Keep the situation a part of your story, and focus on the points that resonate with the employer.

You should also discuss the various actions you took to overcome the challenge. If the entire team participated in the action, focus on your role in making the situation a success. Share the results with the interviewer so that they can quantify how you impacted the company.

  1. Create a strong first impression.

Your first impression is very important, so make sure that you greet the interviewer with a smile and shake their hand firmly. Before the interview, make sure that you thoroughly study the company’s dress code. This will allow you to match your style to the company. 

  1. Be prepared for small talk.

During small talk, you can build a stronger relationship with the interviewer by identifying common interests. This will allow you to both ask and answer questions with ease. You can also discuss recent events that have been happening in the industry.

  1. Pay attention to your body language.

Your body language will be used to communicate whether or not you are feeling confident. To land an interview, you need to project positive energy. To demonstrate this, stand up straight or lean forward while talking. Also, pay close attention to what the interviewer says to show that you are alert.

  1. Have your own questions prepared.

Before the interview, make sure that you have a list of questions that you’ll be able to ask the interviewer at the end of the session. These questions will allow you to assess the company’s culture and potential to be a great fit for you. Remember that you’re also conducting a type of interview, in that you want to ensure that the position is right for you. 

  1. Follow-up letter.

After the interview, it’s important that you send a follow-up letter to thank the hiring manager and the company for their time and consideration. In addition to the topics discussed during the interview, write down some of the things you’re most excited about. This will allow you to create a more impactful letter.