March 28, 2012

Building Confidence Through Practice

I had the pleasure of meeting 11 extremely talented students from Bidwell Training Center's Chemical Laboratory program last Friday.  I was there to participate in mock interviews - good for the students and fun for me (I love interviewing) (also, I am boring).

Like any sport or skill, practice makes perfect.

Mock interviews are a great way to prepare for the real thing.  Your school's Careers Services department likely conducts mock interviews, but if you're not in school, just sitting with a friend or parent and talking through your experience and skills can help refine your answers and build confidence.

Confidence is key.  All too often I see otherwise qualified candidates let their nerves get the better of them, unable to explain what makes them right for the job.  Ahead of an interview, think about and be ready to explain what makes you different and better than others who are competing for the same role.  If you can't tell me why I should hire you...who will?

Of course, there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, but an interview is no time to be humble.  

P.S.  Bidwell Training Center is an incredibly valuable resource for the Pittsburgh area.  I would encourage anyone interested in continuing their education to check it out.

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