As a financial professional, you are typically viewed as a pretty cool cucumber. After all, you are the one with all the numbers – and seemingly all the answers. But while you are likely confident in your capacity as a highly skilled individual, that confidence may not always translate to the job interview. That’s even more likely to be the case if you have been in search mode longer than you had anticipated. Your confidence may have been shaken – or you may be so desperate for a job that the interviewer begins to question your competence. On the other hand, you could simply be so enthusiastic about the opportunity before you that you find it difficult to contain yourself in the interview.
Needless to say, you can’t let the hiring manager detect such emotions in your demeanor. The idea is to come across as calm and confident. Your number one goal should be to convince any potential employer that you have what it takes to crunch their numbers, to provide true and accurate financial forecasts, and to help them blaze a path to a profitable future. Therefore, you must exude confidence at every turn, from the very moment they first lay eyes — or ears — on you.
Here are a few simple tips:
- Do Your Homework – Take the time to learn as much as possible about the company and the job opening. Practice answering the types of questions you expect to be asked. You will naturally come across as more confident if you aren’t sweating it out every time the interviewer asks you something.
- Assemble Supportive Documentation – Even if you have already sent a copy of your resume, references, or other documents make sure you have fresh, clean copies ready to take with you. Take extras, in case you are being interviewed by a team of people. You will not be perceived as competent or confident if you are found to have come unprepared.
- Sleep on It – You may be nervous going in, but if you’ve had a good sleep the night before, it’s less likely to show. Resist the temptation to rely on sleep aids, however (unless you ordinarily do so). Instead, practice good sleep hygiene. Avoid caffeine or alcohol in the evening and turn off all electronic devices.
- Have a Leisurely Breakfast – Assuming your interview is scheduled for the morning hours, be sure to rise early and take the time for a sit-down breakfast. Make it a balanced affair with protein, carbohydrates, and fresh fruit. If you normally drink coffee, have a cup or two, but be careful not to overindulge to avoid being jittery.
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