As a nation, we Irish are a modest bunch, possessing a tendency to downplay our achievements and/or strengths.
For example, if asked the question, “How did you get on in your exam?” a typical response may be, “Ah grand, I think it went OK. Sure I’ll have to wait and see when the results come out.” However, in actual fact we are thinking, “It went brilliant, every question I studied came up and I’m confident I will get a good result”.
Personally, I think it is an admirable trait to have, as hearing people swinging from the roof tops shouting about how amazing they are can be a tad annoying. However, one scenario where a bit of self acknowledgement will go a long way is that of the job interview. In my role on the Talent Acquisition team in Morgan McKinley recruitment I interview high volumes of candidates and one thing I see repeatedly is a lack of self-confidence or a discomfort in selling ones achievements.
A job interview is the one place you need to speak about your achievements and prove why you are the best person for the role. These are my top 5 tips on how to display confidence and your potential in an interview:
Remember, a CV can and will only get you so far. Your interview is your opportunity to make a positive impression on an employer.
Know your strengths, achievements and why you would be right for this role and don’t shy away from presenting them.