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How to increase your confidence before an interview

To control pre-interview nerves and help you muster more confidence in anxious situations, consider these quick pre-interview confidence boosters from top psychologists to help you perform better right before your next job interview.
    1. Strike A Power Pose For Two Minutes
According to Psychologist Amy Cuddy, rather than hunching up and making yourself small in the waiting room chair as you scramble to soak up last minute notes or practice one final interview question, what you should do is find a private place to do a “power pose”.
There are a few different variations, but the Wonder Woman pose is really easy to remember. So, 10 minutes before your interview, go somewhere private, like the bathroom, and strike a strong pose where you take up as much space as possible.
2. Repeat A Positive Affirmation
“Repeating a positive affirmation can reduce production of cortisol and stress hormones by almost 50%, slow the mind, lower your blood pressure and heart rate and make you feel confident and powerful,” says Kathleen Hall, founder and CEO of The Mindful Living Network and the Stress Institute.
Hall offers the following examples: I am confident in all things. I have unlimited potential.
You might feel a little silly at first, but these words will help you emit a more positive appearance — and that sure beats a nervous one!

3. Read Over Nice Things People Have Said About You
Thinking back to a time when you were successful and confident is a great way to recreate that confidence right before an interview. A quick and easy way to do this is to print out and compile anything nice that someone has said about you.
Read old letters of recommendation, LinkedIn endorsements, letters or notes from colleagues or teachers that have boosted your confidence in the past.
It’s the best way to remind yourself that all of your previous experiences have helped shape you and prepare you to succeed in this job interview!

Hopefully now you will be equipped to deal with a tough situation, and these tips will help you maximise your confidence right before an interview. These activities will make you more confident and put you in a positive state of mind just before meeting your potential boss…. Go on – have some fun!

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