Confidence is a skill you can get better at over time.
It comes from knowing your self worth, knowing that you’re smart and hard working, knowing that while you might not be the complete picture yet, what matters is that you have the drive and determination to get there.
Confidence is what you need to show at interviews. It’s not arrogance, extroversion or how loudly you speak; it’s the way you convey your belief in yourself. It means strong eye contact and a straight posture. It means you aren’t shy to sell yourself because you know how hard you’ve worked for your achievements. It’s believing deep down that you’re a candidate with a lot to offer, knowing that whether or not you secure a job, you’ll be okay.
‘But I’m not a confident person!’.
Don’t listen to that story. Just because you’re not confident now doesn’t mean you can’t be in the future. Confidence is something you cultivate by pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, knowing your stuff, learning from your mistakes, doing the same thing over and over again until it no longer terrifies you, and focusing on progress, not perfection.
When partners have to pick 2 out of 10 technically-excellent candidates, it’s no longer about what you say but the impression you leave.
Start believing in yourself and you make it so much easier for others to believe in you.