7 Effective Ways to counter your weak points with your strong points
“Answers to the Strength and weakness interview question”
After receiving the communication that your application got shortlisted by the employer, two thoughts will hit your mind. First will make you feel confident that yes I have something that others don’t which is a true feeling of confidence but the second thought at the same time will give you anxiety with negative thoughts that what they are going to ask in the interview and what if I will lose this golden opportunity.
Accepting this degree of anxiety as a natural reaction is the first step towards successfully combatting interview nerves.
So why do we feel apprehensive or even nervous when faced with an interview?
One reason is an instinctive human response to any situation outside our immediate control. Another reason is the pressure to perform when the stakes are high; for most people, a new career opportunity will fall into this category. It may, however, be comforting to know that interview anxiety is common, it’s simply that some people are more adept at managing this natural response than others.
Faith in Oneself
Be your own favorite. List out all the hurdles you have faced and how you solved. Keep a notebook or Dropbox to record and display your achievements for eg: awards related to sports or curricular activities or some charity work which you do. Remind yourself about these things before your interview and give yourself some well-earnt praise. This self-belief strategy will also minimize any self-doubting inner calls. Enjoy proving that inner critic wrong!
Calmness in Communication
Anxiety can cause fear in the throat which leads to the loss of confidence in the speech. To remove this, voice coaches recommend extending your tongue out as far as it will go, to open up the back of the throat. This will relax your vocal cords. Have a glass of water, if one is offered in the interview, to clear a dry mouth.
Energetic and fresh feel
The night before your interview, having completed your research and preparation, concentrate on your well-being. Do your regular activities whether it’s a gym class or simply a brisk walk, will release ‘feel good’ endorphins which leads to good night’s sleep. Sleep will be far more beneficial than cramming at the last minute.
Losing appetite is the most common symptoms of being stressed but you may find some cases in which others overeat. Plan meals in advance for the day of your interview to fuel your performance in advance. Caffeine, sugar, and alcohol are must avoid stuff; any food or drink that is a stimulant or causes spikes in blood sugar levels will disturb a calm mindset. Meals should be chosen wisely which will not impact your performance in the interview.
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Remove Potential Pressure
Pre-empting potential problems and planning practicalities problems are very important for feeling confident in the interview. For example, when we are planning some outdoor trip than finding the best travel option, best possible routes and the spots to cover and weather updates will eliminate major causes of stress.
When arranging your interview, if you have a choice of time, opt for a morning meeting to prevent spending the whole day with the interview on your mind.
How you view yourself is depicted in your body language. Assertive ‘power poses’, can provide an instant boost directly before your interview.
Advocates of power posing, both men and women, are likely to be found standing in a washroom, feet slightly apart and hands on hips in the classic ‘Wonder Women’ (or ‘Superhero’) pose before walking confidently into their meetings. Tensing and releasing muscles relax your body and lessen the sense of stress. Always stand while waiting for your interview; rising awkwardly from a chair is neither going to assist your confidence nor make a strong first impression.
As we know the first impression is the last impression. So why to ignore this point? Choose your outfit to also counter any tell-tale physical signs of interview nerves. If you are prone to blushing or red blotches on your neck when you are in the spotlight, then choose a shirt with a collar in a plain neutral or cool color.
For men planning to wear a shirt and tie, make sure the collar is loose and the fabric is breathable. Comfort is essential. The things which make you feel hot please avoid.
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Consider groundless fears
‘Fears’ are created by our interpretation of a situation. One effective method is to list down your potential concerns and then by each point counter it with positive points. For eg: Other candidates are likely to be more qualified than me,’ can be countered by, ‘Other candidates may be less qualified than me.’ Writing this may also trigger positive thoughts such as ‘qualifications are just one aspect of the application, experience and personal qualities also matter.’
Likewise, ‘I’ll forget to include something important about my skills and experience,’ can be addressed by, ‘If I forget something, I can always use my post-interview note to cover key skills and experience.’ Answering concerns, one by one, diminishes their significance.