Let's Talk Confidence | Job Interviews

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Monday and welcome to a new series on my blog, 'Let's Talk Confidence'. A monthly feature which will be shared on the first Monday of each month. Known as the dullest day of the week, often associated with the phrases 'Monday Blues', I wanted to boost your Monday vibes and your month by sharing with you some confidence tips surrounding different topics. And in today's very first instalment, it's all about job interviews. 

Job hunting has never been a fun or easy experience for me. In fact, I've only ever worked for free; being paid in experience rather than in cash. For the past seven months I've had the most incredible time interning for festival cosmetics company 'The Gypsy Shrine'. Those girls are some of the most down to earth, kind and caring people that you will ever meet, and the experience that the boss babe behind it all 'Jenna' has provided me with, I cannot even put into words how grateful I am to have been given this opportunity. Six months later and I've been feeling like it's time to take this experience to the next step, by trying to push myself into a paid career where I can challenge myself and develop my skill set even further. (FYI: I'm still studying at uni and therefore looking for a placement year role in the fashion/social media marketing community) 

And of course, the only thing standing in my way of this were job interviews. No matter what job it's for or how many interviews you have experienced in your time, interviews are a big deal. The thought of them can be intimidating and the lead up to the big day can be a very nerve-wracking experience. So what can you do to battle your nerves and show an employer that you are the right person for the job?

Research, research, research!
I cannot tell you enough how important it is to do your research. Read company reports, stalk their social media, be in the know of the latest events and news interest within that industry. You are going to feel 10000% more confident if you know your subject. A brand/company wants to hire someone that has a clear interest and passion for the company/role and the more you research, the more interested you will seem. And if you truly are interested in the role then the research will actually seem quite fun. 

Once you've done your research on the company itself, try and prepare some basic interview answers to show the interviewer how your previous experience relates to the role you are applying for. I suffer with a serious case of mind block when I'm nervous and I lose all confidence in myself if I have no idea what I'm saying so this tip is a huge one for me!

Dress comfortably
It can be nice to buy something new for an interview but I personally cannot relax unless I am comfortable in what I am wearing. For instance, I know that every time I buy a pair of new shoes they always seem to rip my feet to shreds until I've walked them in, therefore sitting through an interview in new shoes and bleeding feet is not going to make me feel relaxed nor confident. 

The above outfit is something I wore to one of my recent interviews. Trousers and flat shoes to make me appear more formal whilst paired with a bomber jacket and a cute quote tee to express a touch of my personality. This particular job also happened to be within the sportswear industry and so I felt the bomber jacket reflected this perfectly. Dress for you but try and dress towards the formality of the role too. 

So you've done your research and you look the part but how else can you actually feel confident?
Tell yourself you can do it. It seems so silly but it seriously works. On the morning of your interview look in the mirror and say.. "I'm a boss and I've got this." Because you have. If you have done your research and prepared your answers (plus a couple questions of your own for the interviewer!) then the chances are that you HAVE got this. You just need to believe it. 

A pre-pamper night also works wonders to get yourself into the right mindset. My favourite way to unwind is with candles, a face mask and a bubble bathIf my makeup is looking terrible on the day of my interview this will usually knock my confidence, so I like to keep my skin at its best with a face mask and deep moisturiser the night before. When you're not relaxed it's 90% usually down to stress, and if you're stressed; you're not confident. Relax and take a deep breath, you made it this far, you secured yourself an interview! I have a very bad habit of overthinking and therefore not sleeping the night prior to an interview, thus a pamper evening is the best way for me to radiate those positive vibes whilst keeping yourself calm and confident on that dreaded night before. 

On the morning of your interview make sure you wake up in plenty of time to ease yourself into your morning and try somewhat to get yourself into an upbeat mood. Listen to music, have your coffee (or tea, if that's more your thing) and put on your sassiest lipstick and prettiest highlight as it's time glow up!

And some last minute advice? Go in there, be yourself, walk with pride and the confidence will follow. And remember, you got this! And if you don't get the job, don't be disheartened. Sometimes an opportunity might not just be for you, but the right one may be just around the corner.

How do you prepare for an interview?!

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