It’s amazing how taking any amount of time out of the workplace can have a serious knock on your confidence when it comes to looking for a job.
I remember a promotion came up soon after my return to work from maternity leave, after giving birth to my son. A year before, I would have got my best attire on, sleeked back my hair and hit them with everything I got until I left the interview room knowing that that job was mine.
But unfortunately, spending days talking to a newborn and avoiding the bores of mother and baby groups meant that my personal sales machine was out of words and confidence…I couldn’t sell an ice cube to an eskimo, much less an igloo!
If you’re in that type of rut, there are some tricks to getting your confidence back – or faking it till you do.
Try to act like you’re confidence
Sometimes in life, we have to pretend…call it lying or faking it, call it acting…whatever. The main point is you have to get through it – your potential (dream) job is at stake, here.
Practice makes perfect
If you haven’t had a job interview for a while, it’s perfect understandable that you’d be nervous. It’s a good idea to get a good friend (who has a job) to act as an interviewer so you can practice.
If you can’t find anyone good enough, speak to a recruitment agency. Explain that you’re in the market for a new job but haven’t had an interview for a while and ask if you could you come in to see them. You can use that initial meeting as a mini interview. A good recruitment consultant will run past some questions that you will be asked at interview, and give you some tips to project your skills and experience in the best possible way.
Tell yourself you’ll never get the job
Some people project themselves better when they tell themselves that they stand no chance of even getting the job. Somehow, all the pressure of having to get the job disappears, and they find themselves able to act normally, confidently. If it works for you, use it!
Just go for it
Even if you don’t get the job this time, every interview tells you a little bit more about how you’re projecting yourself, and gives you the opportunity to really hone and improve your interview technique. While it might be a horrible feeling that you’ve been rejected that first time, you’ll get better at the next interview and (hopefully) et the job. It’s a win-win situation.