How to be Confident in Interviews

How to be Confident in Interviews

Hey ambitious professionals. It’s Linda Raynier of, Career Strategist I help driven professionals like you to enhance your personal brand, so you can pursue a career you’ll truly enjoy. And in this video I want to share with you 5 tips that I have to help you be more confident in your upcoming interviews. And one of the most common things I hear from my clients is when they go into an interview room, they feel extremely nervous. They’re super intimidated. You feel as if there are multiple sets of eyes on you even if it’s just one person. And when questions are asked of you, because you’re nervous you either start rambling, or, you completely draw a blank your mind shuts down and you just don’t know what to say. So here are 5 things you should keep in mind before going into an interview in order to maximize your confidence. So let’s talk about the first one and that is to remember your value. I’ve talked about this concept in many other videos and that’s because knowing your value is all part of having a strong personal brand. So ask yourself, and remind yourself, “Why did they invite me to this interview in the first place?” It’s because I have the right technical expertise, and the experience. Or the potential to be able to help this organization in this particular position. When you can remember your value it really helps you to boost your confidence. And if that doesn’t help then ask yourself even other further questions. Such as, what have I contributed to other organizations in the past? Or what have I done to improve a situation in the past that I can contribute and repeat in this new opportunity? Think of all the positive things that you’ve done. And that helps you to build a concept around your self worth and your value for what you can do for them. In this particular interview setting. All right let’s move onto #2 and that is, use the power of persuasion. To be a truly ideal candidate for a new job opportunity, or to get a promotion to get a salary bump in the corporate world, you need to first of all know what it is that you want, But more importantly, know how to convince and persuade others to help you get it. Now this has nothing to do with being manipulative, or sleazy and slimey. Or bribing people to get you what you want. It’s about the power of persuasion and influence. And being able to influence the person across the table from you that you are exactly what it is they need to hire. And the basic building blocks of persuasion are Context and Timing. You would never approach that same hiring manager out in the middle of the grocery store and ask them to hire you on the spot. You wouldn’t try to convince them in that situation because it’s the wrong context and the wrong timing. In the context of an interview, hiring managers are wanting you to persuade them. They’re very persuadable. So I would say it’s the perfect environment for you to be able to influence and show off your ability to convince them that you’re the right fit for them. So overall, don’t forget to persuade them. And to effectively persuade them, that leads me to my next point which is to frame every answer appropriately. When answering interview questions, you don’t want to dive into the meat of the answer right away. Instead, you want to take a step back and set it up. Frame it. It’s almost as though you’re developing the skeleton before you add on the meat. And this is particularly applicable for behavioural questions. Where the interviewer is expecting you to tell them an entire story. About a situation or conflict that you had to overcome and how you handled it. If you don’t deliver the story the “right” way by framing it and setting it up properly from the beginning, then your point isn’t going to come across the way that you’d want and it won’t come across as very convincing. So for example, when the interviewer asks a question like “Tell me about a difficult situation and how you handled it” A lot of people get very superficial, they brush over the facts and they jump right into “this is how I resolved it.” What that does is it lacks the feelings and the emotions and the details that you could’ve provided to the interviewer, to really engage them. They don’t feel compelled and convinced that the situation was really all that big of a deal when you really just brush through it and get to the end. So instead, when they’re asking you, “Tell me about a difficult situation and how you handled it” Describe the difficult situation itself. Really get into the details, paint the picture. Talk about the emotions that you experienced. The thought process that was going on in your mind. And then once you’ve painted that and set it up well, whatever process that you went through to resolve that situation is going to look amazing because you really did a good job at engaging and pulling in the interviewer to your world, into your story. And #4 is to always have extra stories in your back pocket. The worst situation is going into an interview unprepared and not having predicted the questions and answers to what you would be asked. So it’s important to have multiple examples, and stories and accomplishments, that you can leverage and pull out of your back pocket any time there is a new question being asked of you. So you don’t want to use the same simple story because you’re not going to get very far in the interview process. So I would say maybe bucket your answers according to the category. So it could be you have an example and a story for your technical expertise. You have another one that demonstrates your leadership, and you have another one that demonstrates your strong communication skills. However way you want to organize them, make sure you have at least 3 or 4 examples or stories that you can simply pull out of your back pocket whenever a new question is asked of you. And finally, visualize and energize. Visualizing means that for the days and nights leading up to the actual date of the interview, you want to take some time out of your day even just for 5 minutes Close your eyes and visualize your interview going well. See yourself getting along with the interviewer being able to seamlessly answer their interview questions, and developing a really strong rapport with them. You see them nodding, you see them wanting to get to know you even more and really being engaged. And you see yourself going over the interview time (which is always a good sign) then that was allotted for you. Athletes do this all the time before a big game. They do this so they can see themselves winning and it creates this sense of belief that it’s going to happen. And what that does is it creates this energy and momentum for you that you are going to do well. So when you have that spirit and energy and momentum going for you really, there should be nothing holding you back. Sometimes, it’s just as straight forward as giving direct eye contact, leaning in when they lean in, mimicking their body language, and just giving that sense you’re genuinely actively listening to what they have to say. And that you’re really engaged in the conversation and you truly just want to get to know them. So there you have it. My 5 tips on how you can be more confident in your interviews. Now if you’re in a situation where you’re an experienced corporate professional, and you want to find your purpose and enhance your personal brand and be more confident in your career overall, then feel free to reach out to me. Head on over to and click under “Work with me” You’ll see the words, Personal Brand Renewal – Stand Out & Get Hired then fill out the application form and from there, if I think that we’re a match, I will reach out to you to contact you directly. So if you liked this video then please give it a thumbs up, subscribe, share it with your friends. And let them know that this channel is all about helping driven professionals like you to enhance your personal brand so you can go after a career you’ll truly enjoy. Thanks so much for watching and I will see you in the next video.

Comments (100)

  1. How to be Confident in Interviews – please tell me – what's your favourite tip?

  2. I get a lot of ideas from you honestly but things get more serious when translating my ideas to a different language like japanese,where i know only basic gramat,find it hard to apply it.😮 but you are indeed a big help for me.

  3. Hi pl help me i am going to Singapore as staff nurse .so please give me some tips or que.

  4. Hi, I'm a musician and audiophile and I wanted to let you know that the sound quality (of your voice) on this video is a bit poor. Too much treble and echo, not enough dimension and warmth. You should adjust your microphone settings or get a better microphone. Thanks

  5. Thank you so much for you advice! This helped me feel so much better about an interview I have tomorrow 🤗

  6. I have a interview in a hour please pray for me😭🙏

  7. Sorry I have forgotten to share with other your vide.

  8. what if you don't have any experiences?

  9. This is very helpful my interview is today so wish me good luck guys I will try to follow these tips because I am a little bit nervous and my anxiety is a little bit High I never felt this nervous as well cuz it's like it's been awhile since I was on a interview and I don't want to be so nervous I want to be confident and answer the question on time

  10. One of the best "Job Hunting" videos that I've seen yet!
    Thank you so much for your tips. I love it!

  11. I always act like I own the place..
    I even have a past…ty for the confidence booster

  12. amazingly helpful video, thank you so much! Realized that I have been doing interviews the wrong way for years and not surprisingly never landed the jobs I REALLY wanted.

  13. Hi Linda, these were good. I’m prepping for my 3rd round on interview and I found these 5 Tips of yours to be most helpful and useful. I got this, thanks.

  14. These tips are very helpful but I think there are very few content to help new grads pass interviews. In my opinion new grads are the most people who struggle in terms of finding their first career.

  15. Tomorrow I have an interview! Very important one! Oh Haven help me and you guys wish me luck!

  16. Your awesome! I have a interview with Google today!

  17. is it ok to give the same responses and examples to the same question asked multiple times in an interview, by different interviewers? for example, i meet with would-be colleagues and then my would-be boss, and they ask the same question. Can i give the same exact response?

  18. Very good video. Would love to get some persuasion techniques

  19. I love you Linda! But I wonder what to do in the second round of interviews when you have more or less the same panelists?

  20. I lack confidence in speaking. I have all the right answers in my mind, but I can't get them out of my mouth with a good flow. I don't know how to fix this.

  21. Incredibly helpful, I am binge watching you videos (some a few times) Linda and taking notes, I am so grateful.

  22. We are having mock interviews tomorrow at school and I'm desperately trying to do good on it because I really want a good grade. My outfit looks amazing and professional that's the first step now onto these parts 😁 these are helping a lot

  23. Linda, you have got great content packed in this one ….Thank you!….😊😊😊

  24. I'm struggling out a lot to find teaching job please help me out !!

  25. I’m good at interviews. It’s just over thinking before the interviews then I don’t end up going. 🙁

  26. Wow!! Thanks for sharing…it's really very professional and good!! Am not working but will pass your video to share with my daughter….

  27. this might be a small thing, but the sound of the audio really stressed me out. you should invest in a decent microphone, because your advice was good, but the sound quality was really stressful and disorienting.

  28. Hi,Linda Raynier I am using your to prepare for my interview this weekend

  29. Please I want to know more about the interview questions and answers

  30. It's so frustrating landing all these phone interviews, but in some of them, I've had so far, getting shot down for the next steps. It was a common pattern when I was applying for more generalist digital marketing jobs in the past. I'm recording one of my phone interviews tomorrow and getting some advice from a friend.

  31. I have a interview today! Thank you so much 😊

  32. Hubba hubba hubba

  33. Being an Indian decent, you speak that language pretty fuckin’ well. Love you ❤️

  34. Helli welcome my speak eglish are you thak you

  35. Hello Ms. Raynier. I'm very grateful to see your videos here. I was struggling to land a job even with my experience but I am lucky enough to find a new job by applying what I learned from your videos that I've watched. I'm happy that the hiring manager believed in my capabilities despite of my bad attitude towards my past employer. I promise to be more persistent and to "fix" my attitude in order for me to stay longer on that job, which is really in line with my skills and my passion. Thank you very much. Hoping for the best for your future success. You have a wonderful heart.

  36. Thank you so much for all the valuable things I’m learning from watching these videos ❤️

  37. you are beautiful

  38. Wow this only made me feel worse..

  39. Facing this tomorrow 😬😱

  40. Thanks Linda! Subtitles are huge help to person like me that English is not the first language!

  41. Hey Linda, This video will certainly help me and many other in their future interviews. Thanks for your efforts!

  42. I love this a lot, very insightful and innovative.

  43. I’m doing my first Job interview Sunday!

  44. I have a phone interview for college and IM SO SCARED

  45. Linda,
    Three of these tips helped me interview well. The organization called me back for a second interview. The second interview consisted of 3 interviews in 3 separate interview rooms. Each room consisting of two interviewers. The consultant approach is my personal favorite. THANK YOU! I landed the job!

  46. thank you for the motivation😘

  47. Thank you Linda. I always love your advice.

  48. The tip about seeing yourself doing well is a really good one, I'm so bad at interviews and get so nervous so I can only picture myself sitting there struggling and feeling panicked and on the spot 🙁

  49. You are beautiful 🙂

  50. Mine isn't really a job interview but it's still an interview. This helps me a lot. Thanks!

  51. I have an interview tomorrow 🙂

  52. I have an interview today, good luck to me 😇

  53. the greatest advice I got in my half century lifetime… thank you Linda

  54. Thank you so much for your help, we really appreciate it.

  55. Who's painting is that in the left up background…. Pretty good but not more than Your words 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  56. LOVED IT. Thank you soooo much! Now I just have to this calm and confident in front of the screen (or at least, a panel of few interviewers)

  57. I have an interview tomorrow, it might be a group interview😭😭 i hope it goes well especially when im an introvert myself

  58. What about preparing some questions beforehand for the interviewer about the company?

  59. My interview is tomorrow and I am watching this now just for my guts to get over fear

  60. Absolutely shitting myself

  61. I have a interview tomorrow!! Applying you’re strategics. Thank you 🙂

  62. Hi linda. I just finished an interview and i got a positive feedback. Just wanna thank you for your videos. God bless you.

  63. Great tips but it's important for people not to over think prior to an interview. Go with the attitude of not caring too much.. Especially for those who have a job the confidence could be high.

  64. I have another two hours before interview for OM. Where I just got out from university and had no related experience…Nervous

  65. What if we think we have never been in a difficult situation? Should we be honest?

  66. I’ve got an interview in 30 mins so here goes nothing!!

  67. New opportunity for the knowledge to hire approach to ask them environment

  68. I will be confident forwards

  69. Interview is tomorrow. Thanks for the video. Wish me all the best

    Edit: i got the job!!!!

  70. Hi linda I have an interview today.I hope this will lead me to my dream job thank you🙏❤

  71. I love your study, thanks so much.

  72. Wish me luck, guys!!!!

  73. I have an interview tomorrow and I am so nervous I have thought out all the answers they could ask me but I’m still nervous as in case they ask me questions I don’t know how to answer or I’m scared if there is two people in the room with me as I will feel under pressure wish me luck

  74. I have my interview Tomorrow…wish me luck

  75. Some great points. Thank you.

  76. I hve an interview in an hour and i just want to back off now bcs im scared….

  77. Hi Linda I really appreciate your informative videos, thank you so much. I have accounting/finance experience for almost my all 8 years of career path but I realised I am more of a people oriented person and I want to switch career. How do I appear confident in interviews without lying about my lack of experience. Many thanks

  78. Hi linda can you a video on how to market your self in to employers with confidence.

  79. I have two hours till my interview and I lack confidence being afraid I won’t say the right thing 😅😅…..god help me😓

  80. In half an hour my interview will start i dont know why iam feeling this much nervous and tensed i think because it is my 12th interview if now also i didn't get it. I will be back to my village. I was technically good i know the all answers too but dont know why iam failing…. 😑😑 Wish me luck guys bye…

  81. Thank you for your informative videos. Great work!
    I see videos focusing only on managers, financial analysts, mid-level management. Nobody talks about accounting clerks, the entry-level positions. Any tips/suggestions say for an accounting clerk to move to a financial analyst or a tax position i.e. moving to the next level from the entry-level?

  82. 😮 wow u r brilliant ❤️

  83. And I oop-
    I have one next week for Barclays and I’m 14 turning 15

  84. Hi, do you have video about expressing yourself to your boss and what are possible questions they ask when interviewing you for supervisory level?? Thanks in advance 😊

  85. It is my interview this week, thank you Linda!

  86. Beautifully explained

  87. What if I can't remember a difficult situation and how I resolved it 😭

  88. I’m sitting in my car outside of my job interview and I’m going to be walking in right after I finish watching this video 😭

  89. Fantastic tips – your advice is really inspirational and applicable.

  90. I'm here because the last interviewer said confidence and communication skills are very important for that role, after giving me the rejection letter.

  91. Going to an interview today 😭

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