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Job interviews bring a range of emotions, from being ecstatic for getting it scheduled to terrified of going through with it. The days leading up to it can be filled with both preparations and anxiety. While you consider your outfit and your answers, try these three ways to mentally prepare yourself for your next interview.

Rid yourself of the negative.

It’s common in your worry to be overcome with negative thoughts and emotions. Your self-talk can turn from encouragement to doubt, telling you there’s no way you’re good enough to get the job. The level of intensity can vary, but if your brain is telling you anything that will hold you back, you need to get rid of it.

Whether you decide to journal out the negativity and confront it that way or speak them aloud to a trusted friend or counselor, make sure they aren’t simply brewing in your head. The longer you listen, the more you might start to believe, making you defeated before you even show up to be interviewed.

Practice makes perfect.

You can’t know what the interview will hold, but you can try to visualize it in practice. Use your past experiences and resources from the internet to assemble a mock interview structure, either mentally or on paper. Run through it and practice until you feel prepared.

In doing this, you’re giving yourself a sense of control over a situation you can’t control. You’ll become more confident in your answers and feel like you’re walking into something you’ve done before when you enter the interview room.

Try and relax.

Ultimately, you need to find ways to help you calm down. All the practice and ridding yourself of the negative in the world can’t save you if you can into the interview as a jumble of nerves. Being prepared helps, but it can’t erase the stress and anxiety from being in the situation.

Focus on your breathing and practice new techniques that can calm you down when the anxiety levels begin to build. This way, you’ve practiced techniques that work, and you can carry them confidently into the interview.

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If you don’t believe in yourself and what you can do, it’s hard to make others believe that about you. When you go into an interview, you need to be able to speak confidently about your experience and accomplishments so the employer can have confidence in you as a potential employee.

This delicate balance can quickly move from confidence to cockiness, causing the interviewer to develop a negative opinion of you. Most people aren’t looking to hire someone who’s overly arrogant, despite their qualifications. Try these four ways to show off your confidence without taking it too far.

1. Start with your appearance

How you’re dressed is the interviewer’s first impression of you. You know the basic rules, but sometimes looking sharp can carry into the excessive. When you cover yourself in noticeably expensive brands, you aren’t letting your demeanor speak for itself. You’re immediately shouting, ‘look at me I buy nice things!’ Let your skills speak louder than your expensive watch.

2. Speak carefully about yourself

There will be several moments where you can either be too self-deprecating or too self-promoting. If complimented, don’t immediately go into a thousand reasons why it isn’t warranted. You also don’t want to explain to them why it is necessary based on how awesome you are. Again, it’s about finding humility in your accomplishments and recognizing how you received help without giving away all the credit.

3. Watch your tone

Speaking loudly doesn’t make you seem more authoritative; it simply makes you seem a little annoying. If you come in speaking louder to exude confidence, the interviewer will likely see right through it. Similarly, being too quiet can hurt you as well. The key is to speak clearly and confidently, not loudly.

4. Answer with real weaknesses

The old trick when asked about weaknesses is to turn them into strengths, but sometimes this can hurt you. It can make you seem arrogant because you aren’t being vulnerable or honest. Everyone has weaknesses that don’t translate into strengths. A confident person can discuss these and their impact on the job without trying to overcompensate.

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