Jan 26, 2007

Confidence or over in an interview

Heather talks about insecurity and treading the fine line between jerkiness and confidence in the interview: "I can't tell you how often I see people crash and burn in the interview due to over-confidence. There's a real skill in self-awareness, especially when you can determine your interviewer's opinion of you and match your hot-shotness to their perception. Frankly, I could do without the hot-shotness (I'm a big fan of substance over flashiness and I have the wardrobe to prove it) in the first place but if you can pull it off, good luck to you."

Confidence is always nice to see and experience. In an interview it tells an interviewer that the person knows what he/she is talking about, is honest and trustworthy. Confidence cannot be an act or be put-on. You can't fake it in front of an experienced person.

Over-confidence however is a different kettle of fish altogether. It makes one come across as a boor, or a person who might end up rubbing people the wrong way. And unless you are applying for a job with very limited people interaction, or have the skills that only a handful of people have in the world, over-confidence would normally lead to an interview being unsuccessful. 99 times out of 100.

Rather, make it 999 times out of 1000.

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