From my 7+ years experience as a recruiter and through 1,000’s of executive interviews, it’s abundantly clear to me that there are 2 things that make a person stand out versus their competition.
Confidence and Passion
These are the two things that seal the deal. They’re the difference between getting the interview, and landing the job.
You’ve already got the passion.
When you talk about a job you’re passionate about, and you’re excited about the work you’re going to do, it shines. YOU shine. It’s infectious and people want you on their team. Passion also mitigates risk. Passion ensures that you’ll do a great job even if you don’t have all the experience to do the job you want. You’re going to give it your all and make sure you succeed. Passion is on the inside and comes from pursuing work you want to do.
But how do you get confidence?
There’s 2 things that may be getting in the way of you projecting confidence in your interviews and you can read more about those here. At the same time, there’s one single thing you can do to help you project confidence every time you speak, whether it’s in an interview, while you’re networking, or during a staff meeting when you’ve been told you have to “speak up more”.
The answer is simple: get comfortable with your inner awesome.
You need to get comfortable with bragging. I prefer to call it “telling the truth about what you’ve done and can do”. You need to get comfortable talking about yourself, the person you are now, in the context of where you want to go. No review mirrors allowed here. Go get comfortable and you’ll find the confidence to let your inner awesome shine.