How to Act Self-Assured During a Job Interview

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter


Interviews are never easy, no matter how many times we go through them. Anxiety is a fickle beast. You’re calm one minute, knowing you have all the skills you need to ace the interview, and the next thing you know, your palms are sweating and all your preparations have gone out the window. Anxiousness brought on by a fear of failure or brought on by self-doubt and a lack of confidence will do that to you.

On the subject of confidence, Sabrina Carpenter, once observed, “The most beautiful thing you can own is confidence.” 

A few pointers on how to be self-assured during an interview.


Act the part of a self-assured individual:

Not everyone is endowed with confidence. But what if we told you that there are simple strategies to enhance your confidence, such as acting confidently? Take Jessica Alba’s advice: “My philosophy is that if you seem confident, you can pull off anything, even if you have no idea what you’re doing.” Playing this role will increase your self-esteem in the long run.


Do not consider the interview to be an “interview.”


To accomplish this, consider the interview as an opportunity to interact with someone new. Don’t let the interviewer frighten you. Why not try to connect with them by creating rapport instead of constantly trying to make a good impression? Consider the interviewer as someone who wants to learn more about you, and let the conversation flow naturally. You’ll be less nervous as a result, which will boost your self-assurance.


Take some time to gather your ideas.

People on interviews frequently make the error of answering questions too quickly and without considering them thoroughly. If the interviewer asks you a question you weren’t expecting or prepared for, simply say, “Could you kindly give me a minute to think about the subject in order to construct a good answer?”

It’s completely OK to request a few minutes to deliver the perfect, well-informed answer. Since, as you know, if you give answers without thinking about them, you will undermine yourself because the interviewer will not agree with your line of thought or reject you for having given the wrong answer. As a result, spending a minute focusing will enhance your confidence.



Put on a success outfit.

Dressing nicely well has been demonstrated in studies the ability to make you feel more strong and confident. As a result, dress to impress during the interview. Suits and other formal apparel can make you feel powerful and confident. Black is associated with authority in US society. As a result, you should wear dark, solid-colored clothing.


Pose as though you’re a superhero.

Dr. Amelia Shepherd is seen standing tall with her chest up, chin up, legs spread apart, and hands on her hips before performing a major surgery in season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy. She responds, “I don’t know why,” when asked why “I’m pretending to be a superhero. According to a scientific study, if you stand in a superman position for only five minutes before a job interview, a big presentation, or a particularly difficult activity, you will not only feel more confident, but you will also perform significantly better.”

This comes from a Harvard study from 2012 that has shown that standing this way boosts one’s confidence and performance. Do the Superhero posture for at least five minutes before entering the interview room. You’d be pleasantly surprised.


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021 


How to Act Self-Assured During a Job Interview



JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes.

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