Interview – Your First Date (Part 2)
Hire Yourself First

They say that the most attractive person is who s/he is confident. This is as true in dating as in your interview.

Out of so many applicants, you have been invited for an in-person interview.  That means you have passed the paper screening and now you have an opportunity to convince the hiring manager to have confidence in you that you are as good as what’s on your paper.

But before you can convince others to have confidence in you, you need to have confidence in yourself first.

I have used the following 4 proven empowering tactics to build up my client’s confidence:

Confidence Preparation:

  1. Believe that you are the best candidate for this job.
  2. The most successful salesperson knows her products well and has a strong belief in the products she is selling.  So to convince others to hire you, you need to believe the product you are selling – you.

    Yes, you, you have all these tangible qualifications that are required for this job: credentials, experiences, skills, etc.  And you have all these intangible strengths that are desired for this job: logical, analytical, outspoken, persuasive, resourceful, meticulous, etc.

    When you read the job description, do you have a gut feeling that this job has your name on it?  If yes, then put a convincing story together why you are the best candidate for this job.

  3. Believe that this is the job you want at this point in your life.
  4. The employer does not just want to hire someone competent, s/he wants to hire someone who wants the job enough to care about the performances.

    I am talking about your interest level to this job.  Are you motivated to get hired and perform the job duties up to or beyond the expectation?

    This job may not be what you ultimately want, but in order to get to where you want to be, you need this job to get there.  So perk yourself up, get excited about the possibilities.  Your genuine enthusiasm and energy will strike a chord with the hiring manager during the interview.

  5. Believe that you will hire yourself for this position if you are the boss.
  6. If you are not confident enough to hire yourself for this position, how can you convince others to hire you? So count the ways you can make contributions to the company because of your special quality and believe that you will hire yourself if you are the boss.

  7. Believe that the best company for you will call you soon if you don’t get this job.
  8. Remember in the games of dating and job hunting, they are two-way street.  As special as you are, if for some reason, the other person does not fall for you, then there must be another person who is better suited for you.

    Even if you think so highly of yourself, you may not be chosen for the job.  Be confident that if the company does not think you are the best candidate for this job, then there is a reason.  You may be more suitable for another job.

    No one is indispensable and the best company for you will be calling you soon.  Be confident!

Now, before you go for that interview, Hire Yourself First!


This is the 2nd part of my blog 2 weeks ago on the Valentine’s Day.  If you missed Part 1, please go to this link to read Part 1 first:

Part 1 – Content Preparation – Don’t Wing it, Win it

Stay tuned for the next blog on:

Part 3 – Conduct Preparation – Power Presence

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