Confidence is a good thing, and it is necessary during an interview, but always remember, don’t come off as a know-it-all kind of person.
The basic idea is to appear humble yet confident. Body language tells a skilled interviewer everything about you.
People trained in nonverbal behavior seek confident candidates open to teamwork.
Confidence is quiet and seen, whereas arrogance is loud and heard. We build confidence by trusting “self,” eliminating the need to prove to others.
Pointing, tilting your chair back, over fast talking are all perceived as arrogant body language and should be avoided by potential employees, whereas sitting straight, smiling, and matching the interviewer’s nonverbal indicates positive body language and self-confidence without seeming supercilious.
For those who exert a little too much self-confidence and come off as a know-it-all person, I suggest you practice this SCAN technique.
- Show curiosity: Ask a thought-provoking question with curiosity.
- Appreciate: Take every chance given to appreciate others, even in describing people with whom you worked. Minimize the “I” and focus more on “we” and then how “I” helped them do it.
- Nod: Nod your head in agreement often when the other person talks.
Always remember that body language is communication sent unconsciously. You should always focus on sending vibes that match your verbal language.
Not only body language, but also what you wear, is important when making a good first impression. Interviewees should come to the interview freshly showered and fully clothed in professional attire. Accessories should be limited and cologne or perfume is discouraged—the interviewer should see you, not smell you, first.
#5. Ideas to Make Your Life Successful
I cannot really give a specific meaning of success, but I would say success is simply reaching where your dreams point to, getting what you really want, and triumphing over the obstacles and barriers of life. In one word, it can be stated as a progressive realization of a worthy goal.
However, to be successful in your life, you need to overcome some obstacles:
- Lack of self-esteem
- Negative outlook to life
- Lack of focus
- Lack of planning
- Lack of vision
- Fear of failure
- Lack of proper education
To be successful, you must strive for excellence, and not perfection.
Anything in the world can be done better or improved, and striving for excellence is progressive.
It’s not about improving 200% or 300% in one area, but improving 2% or 3% in different areas.
People who try to overcome their obstacles and fail are still one step ahead of those who never try to face their obstacles in life.
Tom Watson Sr. once said, “If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.”
It’s difficult to succeed the first time, but if you do not succeed, always try and try again until you succeed.
In reality, the obstacle confirms that you are doing what you should be doing. The obstacle is there to test you—not to stop you. It is up to you to create ways to maneuver around the obstacle.
There is a lesson to learn from every obstacle. When you don’t complete the task, the obstacle appears elsewhere in another form. In life, we have tests. You will keep taking the test until you pass it. Not meeting the obstacle head-on only buys you time until you meet it again. What will you do the next time?
Take a few moments, and think about an obstacle. If you were to be confronted with it today, how would you handle it?