5 Ways To Pull Off Confidence (And Not Cockiness)

This is confidence. This is key.

This is confidence. This is key.

5. Don’t talk too much. Look, this is an interview, so you would naturally be talking more–but be careful not to ramble. Rambling is awkward for the listener and makes you look unprepared, even if it is a little nervous tick. If you typically get nervous, go into the interview prepared with stock answers, while sincerely peppering in your personality here and there. Be thorough, but don’t beat a dead horse or be repetitive.

4. Ask questions, sincerely. Even if you fully understand the extent of the job you’re interviewing for, be sure to show interest. This tells the employer, “I’m confident, but you won’t have a total know-it-all on staff.”

3. Careful with that name-dropping, ladies. Instead of saying, “I was totes besties with Sarah-your assistant director-in college, go for, “I had the pleasure of knowing Sarah, your assistant director, during college. I’ve learned a lot from her.” Sometimes we want to tell people who we know, which is fine, but make sure you’re doing it in a relevant, useful and direct way, instead of sounding like a show-off. Check yourself before you spout those names; let your confidence and skills speak for you, and only mention names when it matters.

According to the Financial Review, you should aim to “Keep it believable. If you go too far, people may think that you’re a narcissist – excessively preoccupied with power or prestige.”

2. Word everything carefully. When you want to say, “I could run your social media department better,” instead be polite and proactive. “I’ve seen what your social media department is doing, and I have some major ideas that will expand upon those efforts.”

1. Use your manners. Manners go a long way. Be sure to say “thank you” when people compliment your background or skills, instead of “oh, yes, I’m very good at X or Y.”

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