Should I take the water? 5 tips for interviewing with confidence

With more and more qualified candidates entering the job market, self-assurance may be the key to impressing your next employer.

Did you know that what you say before and after an interview can be just as important as the interview itself? It’s true. These days, the talent pool is filled with virtually endless qualified candidates. Often, a hiring decision will come down to the gray areas that don’t fit onto a resume, such as how personable a candidate is, how they dress, or if they seem like they would fit into the existing corporate culture.

While judging a candidate solely on whether they accept a glass of water or cup of coffee prior to the interview may seem extreme, realize that hiring managers likely have already seen ten other equally-qualified individuals, and are waiting for a clear sign that YOU are the right person for the job. Give them that sign.

Below are five tips to ensure you exude the confidence necessary to land your dream job.

Do your homework

Don’t show up to an interview without at least learning about the service the company offers, and also researching the company culture. You wouldn’t want to date someone who didn’t ask at least a few questions about your life; Treat your prospective employer with the same respect.

Be honest about your skills

Don’t try to impress your interviewer with skills you don’t actually have – any employer will see right through this. Not to mention you run the risk of being given an assignment you have no prayer of ever completing, thus risk losing the job you worked so hard to get.

Visualize your goals

Take a moment before the interview and imagine that everything will run smoothly, and the company will offer you the position on the spot. Focus on nothing but a positive outcome.

Compose yourself

Take a deep breath before you enter the room, and always pause before answering a question to make sure you understood what was asked. Speak slowly and confidently – you’d be surprised how much this one technique will set you apart from the crowd.

Confidence is key

Looking for an even bolder move? Sometime during the interview, let it slip that you forgot to put deodorant on this morning. Then, be sure to remove your suit coat and express your amazement that your armpits are completely dry. Any interviewer worth their merit will be impressed by your lack of nervousness, as signified by your dry pits. They will realize your ability to be cool under pressure—a great asset for any team.

Okay, admittedly that last tip might not be something you should try. However, as you are starting to see, confidence is key in any situation. An interview may seem intimidating, but with a little preparation, you can push the odds in your favor simply by the energy you bring to the table. You truly can create your own success.