Job interviews can be very daunting, particularly if you’re not that experienced and are just starting out in your career. Nerves are to be expected, so if you are feeling a little anxious about it, don’t feel as though this is anything out of the ordinary… everyone applying for the position will be feeling exactly the same.
But there are ways in which you can help manage your nerves and give yourself the confidence to go into the interview – and one tactic you might not have considered before are power poses, exercises you can do that will give you a confidence boost, even if you’re not feeling that way on the inside.
The Wonder Woman Pose, for example, could make you feel more powerful. Simply stand with your hands on your hips and your feet spread wide apart for a few minutes and see how you feel afterwards. You could easily do this in the bathroom once you get to the job interview to help get you in the right mindset.
Recent research carried out by social psychologist Amy Cuddy found that body language can actually have an effect on our hormones and high power poses, such as the one described above, can increase your levels of testosterone – which can make you feel more confident and tolerant to risk.
The TED Talk she did on the subject is one of the most watched talks ever – so certainly worth watching if you are feeling nervous about an upcoming interview and want to maximise your chances of getting the job.
She recently spoke to Ted about her scientific paper and power poses in general, saying that the key finding of her research – and other studies – is that “adopting expansive postures causes people to feel more powerful”.
Ms Cuddy said: “As Maya Angelou wrote, “Stand up straight, and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances.” It’s not just about standing like a superhero for two minutes; it’s about carrying yourself with power and pride and poise, as you deserve to do.”
Another pose you could try, and one that you can easily do throughout the day if you feel like your confidence is wavering, is to press your fingertips together and spread your fingers apart, applying slight pressure at the tips as you do.
Or right before your interview, stand with your feet wide apart and stretch your arms over your head in a V shape, another open and expansive pose. You might want to find a private space to try this one, as you may not feel overly confident if your interviewer catches you in the act!
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