Confidence plays an important role in job interviews. You need to seem like a confident, able person that is competent, intelligent, outgoing and proactive. Confidence sometimes seems like a business stereotype, but confident people make an impact in the office, and interviewers want to believe that you are going to make that kind of impact.
Using Your Words
Confidence is not just about speaking loudly and clearly. Confidence also shows itself in the language you use. One way to show this confidence is to speak like you have the job already. Make the interviewer believe that they are going to hire you. It’s not a matter of what you “can” do for the company. It’s a matter of what you “will” do for the company. Let’s look at some examples below:
Q: What changes would you make to our current marketing tactics?
Answer 1: I can research social media marketing and see if there is a place for the company to compete. I might also work with sales and see if they have noticed any trends in leads generation.
Answer 2: I will start a social media marketing campaign and take advantage of the Web 2.0 marketplace. I will also collaborate with sales and discuss current trends in lead generation.
These two answers say the same thing, but the second answer says so with confidence, and also puts the applicant at the job. This is one example of how you can use language to show confidence.
Words to Avoid
Words to Use Instead
You WILL do these things WHEN you get the job. It’s not a matter of “can” and “if.” You are not worried about the things you “would” do. You will do them. That is the attitude you need to take at your job interview.
Language is powerful. Confidence is powerful. Combine the two by using confident language throughout your interview. Although you shouldn’t be arrogant, you should talk about the job like they are going to give it to you, because the words you use will help you appear confident and ready.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Use “will” and not “could”
- Be confident with your language.