How To Increase Your Confidence Before A Job Interview

“Try negative thinking” and other proven ways to follow for a positive attitude boost exactly when you need it most -- before an important job interview.

Professional woman on her way to a job interview

“Fake it til you make it” is often the mantra of those who are seeking success. Nowhere is that more true when you’re in the vulnerable position of seeking a job, and you need to be confident. Here are ways you can increase your confidence and give yourself the attitude you need to succeed before a job interview. 
 
Keep a file of past success 
Sometimes, it takes some else telling you what you’re good at to restore your confidence. To help boost your ego when you need it, keep positive emails in a separate folder that you can dip into when the time comes. You may not even need to re-read the emails. Just knowing that you have cheerleaders in your corner can be enough to help you out of a funk. 
 
Try negative thinking 
Seriously. Before racing, Olympic track athlete Michael Johnson actually visualized failure in gory detail. He tried to imagine the pain and humiliation of defeat in public -- which made him realize that the worst case scenario really wasn’t that bad. He’d survive. Surprisingly, this thinking helped rid him of negative thoughts and increased his confidence. This helped him win multiple gold medals and set world records. 
 
Exercise consistently
Exercise is known as a “keystone habit” that helps boost the performance in all areas of your life. Plus, it releases confidence-boosting chemicals like endorphins, which act as mood enhancers. To realize the benefits of exercise, you don’t need to be a bodybuilder. Even regular brisk walks can help build the circuitry in the brain that gives you confidence in work and social situations. Aim for 20-30 minutes of exercise for five days a week. 
 
Do something altruistic 
The fastest way to feel better about yourself is to do something kind for someone else. Recommend someone else on LinkedIn. Give a barista a tip. Go out of your way to help someone. This has multiple benefits of taking your mind off yourself if you’re caught in a spiral of negative self-talk, and boosting your self-image for helping someone else. 
 
Still need help? 
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