Talking about yourself can be one of the most difficult things in the world and trying to do it with confidence can seem almost impossible.
The British are famous for being very modest and reserved and not being able to speak about their accomplishments.
However, if you’re facing the prospect of a job interview to secure that crucial role, it is key to be able to speak about yourself confidently.
We have come up with 10 tips to help you do so:
1) The first step to be able to speak more confidently is to identify your key strengths and talents. Make a list of these and if you’re struggling, get a friend or relative to help you pick out your best qualities.
2) Put in the legwork conducting some research about the company and the job which you are going for. If you’re well prepared, you won’t feel as nervous when you’re faced with the question of ‘Tell me what you know about the company?’
3) If possible, use props to remind you of any keys facts about the company and the role, such as prompt cards and slides. These props will also give you the chance to take a breath while speaking and also take the focus off you.
4) If you get nervous about talking in front of people, especially in an interview situation, why not practice in front of the mirror beforehand or act out a role play of an interview with a friend.
5) Let your body language do the talking. Did you know that up to 80% of a first impression is made up through body language? So remember to smile, make eye contact and lean forward and nod to further illustrate that you are interested in the speaker.
6) Remember you’re not the only person who gets nervous, especially when faced with the gruelling scenario of a job interview. Try to remember that it’s not the end of the world if you slip up on your words, the recruiter will take this into consideration when interviewing you.
7) Don’t forget to also ask questions – This will demonstrate to the recruiter that you have done the research for the role and it also takes the pressure of you for a while.
8) Treat yourself to a new outfit or haircut, if you’re looking good, you will feel more confident. The same applies to eating well, exercising and making sure you get plenty of sleep.
9) Choose your topics wisely - Stay focused on the question asked and try not go off on a tangent. Also remember to stay away from controversial subjects such as politics, religion or even football, as you don’t want to get into a debate situation.
10) Remain positive – Be enthusiastic and passion when speaking. Try to speak as clearly as possible and not mumble your words. Finally, remember the interviewer is human too and is not there to see you slip up, so speak with confidence and you will do just fine!