We recommend spending 40 minutes on this section.
Now that we know being strategic and succinct is key how do you get there? Almost everyone has some sort of challenge to overcome in job interviews – maybe you tend to ramble, or go blank when you don't know the answer to a question, or over-rehearse and sound robotic. That's only natural. Job interviews are stressful situations! And, fortunately, all these problems have the same solution: building up your confidence. When you're feeling confident in yourself and your abilities, it's easy to think clearly and improvise.
Confidence can be especially hard to come by when you are pivoting and feel insecure about certain skills gaps. One thing to keep in mind as you read job descriptions and prepare for interviews, if you could do 100% of what the job was asking for you would be overqualified. Of course, the best way to build confidence is to be prepared. You should always go into an interview having done your homework – know what your story is, what core transferable skills you want to highlight, and what experiences you want to share. But even if you know your stuff, interviews can still be intimidating. That's where the Thought/Work model comes in. This model was developed by our partner and executive coach Arielle Shnaidman. This model will help you identify trigger areas where you feel less confident and provide ways to reframe them to instill confidence. First, watch this 5 minute clip to grasp the model and then try for yourself.
Everything starts with a circumstance. In this case, let's say it's an interviewer asking you a question you're not sure how to answer.
That circumstance produces a thought – "I don't know this!" or "I'm not qualified!"
That thought generates a feeling, like insecurity or self-doubt.
Then, the feeling leads to a particular action – maybe you start to ramble, or go blank.
Finally, that action leads to a result – like not getting a job offer.
You can't do anything to change your circumstance. No matter how well-prepared you are, an interviewer could always throw you a curveball. The trick is to change your thought. Instead of doubting yourself, shift the narrative: "I've got this," "I'm qualified," or "I have great experience." You can't do anything to change your circumstance. No matter how well-prepared you are, an interviewer could always throw you a curveball. The trick is to change your
Our thoughts are the stories we tell ourselves. By changing the way we look at events, we can shift our feelings, our actions – and our results.
Try it now by using this worksheet here, and be sure to make a copy and save in your Google Drive folder! Imagine being in a difficult circumstance (it doesn't have to be a job interview). Then, once you're in the moment, try changing your thoughts. By reframing the narrative, you'll be able to tackle challenges with poise and grace.
What are the top 3 questions you are afraid of being asked in an interview?
Leverage the Thought/Model framework to reverse the fear when being asked these questions