I have a client who will interview soon with a battery of executives on Skype. She has fast-tracked herself from starting to work with me to write her resume on December 12 to landing interviews with more than one company in a little more than a month with holidays in the middle. Just getting into an interview cycle with one company is a victory for most job seekers.
She’s highly qualified and she will bring exceptional value to any organization that decides to hire her. So what’s wrong?
An attack of lack of confidence
Somewhere deep inside, she is doubting that she can convince the hiring managers of the value she brings. Her resume already Wowed them and everyone else who has read it. She has an inside track with a person who knows her. She made it through the initial interview and this one is with multiple executives. Interviewing is nerve-wracking, job search can mess up your confidence. But she can do the job.
We have practiced questions during interview coaching, she is the most organized and detail-oriented person I have ever coached in interviewing. Not only has she assured that her background for the Skype interview looks marketable, but she has practiced how to sit, how to make eye contact and has notes available to review but they are not visible to the interviewer.
This woman is ready! But she is struggling with the same thing you and I struggle with when we face the unknown. Though she is prepared and ready, she knows that the people interviewing her are the ones in charge. This is the hard part. When we don’t have total control, we can be the best in the world but we lose confidence and doubt sets in.
How do you deal with lack of confidence in a phone or Skype interview?
First of all, you do everything this client has already done. Pay attention to the details and make sure you eliminate the normal pitfalls. Plan ahead.
- If you are interviewing via Skype or even on the phone, take the time to “dress to shoes!” This means dress like you are going to the most important meeting of your life even if you are not leaving your home. Ladies, this means hair and make up as well as an attractive business attire. Gentlemen, this is dress up time.
- Coach with someone. A career professional is a great choice but just coaching through some interview questions will get you prepared. I often use Susan Britton Whitcomb’s Interview Magic book to prepare my clients for the interview. “Future-proof your career as you learn to provide value to employers, create a memorable career brand, quadruple your interview opportunities, tap into the most overlooked interview “must,” demonstrate your ability to do the job, and bottom-line the return-on-investment employers will receive for hiring you.”
- Clear up the backdrop as if you were staging a scene in a movie. Let the camera only see what you want them to see.
- Make notes and position them where you can read them directly in front of you without the camera seeing them will give you even more confidence.
All of these tips are things that will make you more confident going into an interview but in the end you have to believe that you can do the job and convince the other party that you are the one. You can do it!
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