Exhibiting Confidence in Job Interviews


When you are trying to land a new architecture, engineering or construction position, appearing confident during the interview is important. When you seem self-assured, the hiring manager will have more confidence in your capabilities. In contrast, if your responses are tinged with doubt or if you come off as anxious, the hiring manager may question whether you are capable of excelling in the role.

Three Tips to Act More Confident in an Interview

While having a natural level of confidence is ideal, it is not inherently necessary. Instead, you simply need to be perceived as confident by the hiring manager. By taking the proper approach and adopting appropriate mannerisms, you will come off as more self-assured. Here are three tips that can help you act more confident in an interview, increasing the odds you will make a positive impression.

1. Make an Appropriate Amount of Eye Contact

A lack of direct eye contact suggests you do not entirely believe what you are saying. People who are not being honest usually struggle to look a hiring manager in the eye, fearing that their falsehoods will be discovered. However, excessive eye contact does not portray confidence either. Instead, it can be interpreted as aggressive, as if you are trying to force the hiring manager to see things from the perspective you are outlining.

While it may feel awkward at first, appropriate levels of eye contact are not hard to maintain. One of the easiest ways to proceed is to look the hiring manager in the eye as you speak the first sentence or your response to a question. Then, break eye contact momentarily as you start your next sentence. Finally, make eye contact again before you complete that second sentence. This approach helps develop a suitable pattern, increasing the odds you’ll strike the right balance. Practice doing this ahead of time so that the behavior appears natural during the interview.

2. Do Not Be Afraid to Pause Before You Answer

Rambling is often a sign of nervousness. Plus, the tendency to keep talking once you start, or to veer off on tangents, can make you appear scattered. To appear more confident, it is imperative to find an approach to avoid rambling. For example, a simple and reliable solution is often to embrace brief pauses.

For example, when a hiring manager asks you a question, take a moment to consider what was asked. This will allow you to collect your thoughts and be strategic in your response. After mentally formulating your reply, focusing on one core point or concept, proceed with your clear and concise answer. Not only will you appear more confident, you will also come off as thoughtful and intentional.

3. Adopt a Positive Mindset and Maintain It

Often, nervousness is what hinders a candidate from seeming confident during an interview. Doubts about whether they will make a good impression impact their mentality. As a result, their mannerisms and replies are altered. Essentially, allowing their anxiety to play a role in how they respond to questions.

It is possible to calm your nerves before and during an interview. Instead of letting doubts impact your mentality, actively strive to keep your mindset positive. Remember, you would not have been called in for an interview if your resume was not impressive. Use that knowledge to support the idea you deserve to be in the interview and you have a lot to offer.

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By following the tips above, you can appear confident during your next interview. If you would like to explore new opportunities, the skilled team at RealStreet can make securing your perfect opportunity easier than ever. Contact us to discuss your ideal role with one of our recruiters today and see how our services can help you find a suitable opportunity quickly and efficiently.

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