When you think of self-empowerment, you probably reflect on those self-help videos intertwined into social media or podcasts that guarantee their words and experiences can undoubtedly change your life. However, self-empowerment in interviews reigns in a slightly different arena. It’s been said time and time again, protruding confidence is what will win an interviewer over every time. It’s rumored that even if your answers aren’t the best or you’re not the most qualified candidate, you can charm your way into a new position by just overflowing with confidence.
While confidence is important, it won’t win you respect from a business owner. The challenge begins before you even apply for that job you so desperately need.
First, you must self-evaluate and be honest about what you can realistically offer a company. Think on an in-depth level. What are your actual strengths/innate talents/training that set you a part from others in the same profession? Once you can answer that question, expand on it. Research methods to sharpen and amplify your talent through seminars, webinars and non-traditional courses to assist in building confidence in your field.
Then, put your talent into action. Take part in an activity that expands your mind, while focusing on your talent each day. In short, make sure that you are exercising your training throughout the things you do in life – not just regulating it to a professional setting. If your talent is being a communicator and you’re seeking out that type of career, be active in panels, mentoring and community boards. Volunteer to be a voice for the underprivileged through Urban League or another non-profit that helps dismantle negative socioeconomic factors. When passion meets talent, the outcome is unstoppable.
Only when these things are done will you be able to enter a room with five, stern interview panelists, sit down and take charge of the interview. Sure, you’ll be nervous at the start, but once that first question is asked you’ll feel empowered that you truly are the best candidate because you’re living what you’re speaking. There will be no greater victory.