Dear Work It Out,
How can I gain self-confidence for a job interview?
I am desperate to get a job. I am applying for a position at a business process outsourcing company, which is essentially a third-party service provider to other businesses. I am really embarrassed about my employment history, all from BPO companies.
I admit that I was impulsive to resign in the past, and this job-hopping affects my chances of being hired. I've lost my self-confidence and worry that no other company will hire me.
Please help me gain confidence and give some tips on how to properly explain to the interviewer that I am willing to change my attitude towards work.
Job interviews are nerve-wracking no matter your circumstances. You are essentially submitting yourself to be judged in half-hour increments by strangers who have the power to control your financial future. Who wouldn't be anxious?
And when you have a legitimate weakness — like having to explain a spotty job history — it can be even harder to go in with confidence.
The good news is projecting self-confidence in a job interview is something you can prepare for, control, and even fake. Here's how.