Tips & Tricks
To get started, follow the pattern one Stanford psychologist used for a study on strengthening core values.
First, write out everything that’s important to you. You might include ideals like spirituality, diligence or love.
Once that’s done, narrow down just one that you feel is your core value. Then, write an essay on it, including why it’s important to you.
Although simple, this technique has the power to make you more confident and better at handling stress.
And multiple studies confirm the potential this exercise has to improve your courage.
In a study, one group of participants was asked to write about their core values while a control group wrote about general subjects. Once the essays were finished, researchers put participants in both groups into stressful situations to see how they reacted. Those who had written on random topics had an increase in stress hormones, while the others, who wrote about core values, had none. So, writing about your core values will boost your confidence.
Consistently utilizing one’s power isn’t so easy though, so we are going to learn about that in the following paragraphs:
Would you believe me if I told you that you can improve your feeling of empowerment right, now, just by moving your body? You might doubt me but try it out by sitting more confidently and you will notice the difference immediately.
Those who exhibit poor posture should know that it reflects and reinforces their low self-esteem and that it determines their performance in class.
Those with the worst grades in their class are always the students with poor posture, such as sitting on the edges of the room, putting their heads down and not sitting straight. The way people carry themselves affects the activation of the approach system. So, if you want to feel confident, remember that acting confident in how you sit or stand will work to activate the parts of your brain that make you more courageous!
Do you remember your last job interview? Did it make you nervous knowing that you were about to sit in front of a stranger who would be grilling you? Interviewing candidates can make even the interviewers nervous! After all, they are under pressure to make the right decision. Choosing a wrong person for a position costs the company. It’s hard for them to sift through so many candidates though, and after reviewing so many, the specifics start to blur together.
That’s why you must be quick with your responses in interviews – giving them in less than a minute. And that’s exactly what you will learn from Robin Ryan’s 60 Seconds and You are Hired! With this book, you will have everything you need to ace your next interview and get that dream job!
Are you ready to gain the confidence you need to get a new job?
Help your interviewer believe that you are a good fit by consistently mentioning your top 5 skills throughout the interview.
It starts with helping the interviewers remember you by focusing their minds on your strengths. If you think trying to get the job is hard, just put yourself in the shoes of the person reviewing all the résumés. It will be difficult for them to pick you out unless you prepare to do so.
To begin, make a list of your top five most marketable skills. Don’t just list any strengths; focus on those that are specific to the job you are applying for. A graphic designer, for example, would want to focus on his/her portfolio and experience in building websites.
Keep in mind that your list may be different for each job. Your primary objective is to focus on what you can do that matches the goals of the company. Once you have got the list ready, practice so as to highlight all five in less than 60 seconds. Then, in the interview, continually mention each of these strengths so your interviewer remembers them.
Preparation kills fear. Every time I have to give a speech, make a presentation, talk to a stranger, or answer an interviewer’s questions, taking time to get ready calms my nerves. The reason this works is because when you are in the interview, you have no surprises. Nothing can catch you off guard if you have put in the work to get ready.
First, look for some of the most commonly asked questions in interviews and practice answering them. Role-playing is not always fun, but it does make a big difference in your confidence levels every time you do it. Also use your research to think of specific questions the interviewers might ask about the products or services of their company.
Next, remember the details of your best performances at previous workplaces. Again, focus on those that will set you apart to succeed should you be given this new job. The main goal of the employers is to determine if you are a good fit, and being more specific will help him/her do that.
Last, get ready to market your specific personality as an ideal worker persona. You might not think it, but interviewers go in with biases that you have to fight. Millennials, for example, may be thought of as dealing with entitlement and technology addiction. If you are older, the employer might see you as less innovative. Highlight your learning and communication skills and success attitude to combat these disadvantages.
Many of us brush this last interview question as non-important. But employers use it as a chance to gain valuable information about your character, so you need to be ready for it. You will also want to use this chance to determine if the job is good for what you want.
To get ready for this opportunity, write a list of 10-15 questions that you can take out when they ask if you have any questions. Doing this shows the interviewer your diligence in researching the company and thinking about how you can help it succeed. And if the interviewer answered any of your questions during the interview, be sure to say so.
Last tip on questions is to never ask about benefits or salary during an interview. Employers use your questions to gauge your intentions. When you ask about money, it shows that you are more concerned about pay than the actual job.
The writer, a CSP officer, is also a poetess and life coach.