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No matter how smart, well qualified, and/or comfortable in your own skin you are, job interviews are stressful. First off, there’s the feeling you’re being judged — which makes sense, because you are — and then there are the financial considerations. An awful lot of people are out of work, and landing that job of your dreams (or any job, for that matter) is serious business.

The key, writes Justin Wong in a great piece for Business 2 Community, is confidence. And not the fake confidence you project when trying to BS your way through something. The secret to acing a job interview is to walk in actually believing you’re (a) prepared for the hiring manager’s questions and (b) qualified for the job in question. How do you put yourself in that frame of mind? Wong has outlined “Six Tips To Give You Confidence During Your Next Job Interview,” and his half-dozen suggestions are right on the money. Read on and get ready to wow ’em on your next interview.

1. Know the Position — As Wong writes, you should go line by line through the job posting and be prepared to explain how your qualifications make you a good candidate.

2. Research the Company — This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s vital. Read up on the company to see what they do and how long they’ve been doing it.

3. Get Familiar with Recent Activity — One question you’re bound to get is “What do you know about the company?” If you can speak intelligently about recent initiatives, acquisitions, and perhaps even stock price, you’ll show the hiring manager you’ve done your homework.

4. List Your Experiences — Here, you want to “highlight your skills and competencies,” as Wong writes, and that doesn’t just mean writing boilerplate things like “proficient with Excel.” Talk about how your experiences have led to measurable successes.

5. Link Those Experiences to Interview Questions — Every job is different, but based on your own experiences and a little Googling, you can get a pretty good sense of what kinds of questions will likely surface during your interview. Start thinking about these questions in relation to your skills and experiences, and get ready to sell yourself with concrete examples of your effectiveness.

6. Brace Yourself for Curveballs — Regardless of how well prepared you are, you’ll probably field a few questions you didn’t see coming. It’s the nature of the beast. If you train yourself to cycle through your list of experiences, however, and find ways to tie your work history to whatever they’re asking about, you’ll stand a solid chance of getting out alive. Good luck!


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