Want to Perform Well in Any Interview? I Have the Formula!

I have been through a lot of interviews; I failed many of them, and I have scored high on some tough ones. I have come to a conclusion that there are 3 major things you need to have/practice if you want to be perform well in an interview. I realized by practice and experience that if you follow these 3 rules of thumb, you will not only perform very well in any interview, but also stand out in the competition. I categorize these 3 rules as3 Cs to Succeed in Any Interview. Let's dive in:

1- Confidence: It has become daylight clear that confidence is the key to many locked doors. It is the first thing people will notice about you, and it is what will make you stand out among hundreds of of insecure, shy and unconfident people. So how do you become confident before or during the interview? Here is what I do:

a-) I aim to connect with interviewers, not impress them. This can be achieved by being yourself. Don't pretend to be someone else, when you really cannot. Just be yourself.

b-) I practice breathing techniques to calm myself down and boost my confidence. Nervousness and confidence don't like each other. It is either nervousness or confidence. You need to learn how to control your nervousness and this can be done through practicing breathing.

c-) My favorite 5P rule: prior preparation prevents poor performance. Prepare and rehearse answers out loud and you will warm your voice and yourself up.

2- Competence: If you don't know what you are talking about, your confidence will not take you far. You need to be specialized in your field, you need to have some expertise in your area of interest or the area you are applying for. You may practise to be very confident in front of people but it won't be effective if you have no idea what you are talking about. Learn your topic and know your answers so well that you by default will appear confident and stand competent. How to accomplish this? Well, it is simple. Know your stuff very well. Use my favorite "5 More Minutes" strategy. A night before if you think you are ready, study or prepare for 5 more minutes. You think you got it? Try 5 more minutes. 5 more minutes will do wonders. Appreciate the power of 5 more minutes.

3- Communicate: If you are confident and you know your field very well, what is the point if you cannot pass it to other party? What is the use of knowledge that cannot be shared? What is the benefit of confidence when you cannot speak properly to share your knowledge and skills? Communicating effectively will bring you lots of points at an any interview because communication is the only way to put your knowledge and skills on the table. Communication does not happen only through words. I am talking about a package deal here: your voice, your choice of words, your eye contact, your body language, sitting position, hand gestures, and overall performance. You communicate more than you say with words, so be aware!

If you want to perform well in any interview, here is your secret formula: Appear Confident + Demonstrate Competence + Communicate Effectively = Success will Come to You!

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