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4 Easy Ways To Boost Your Interview Confidence

Posted by: Helen Watson

Over the weekend I was watching a recording of The Voice. It’s a singing competition on ITV.

Contestants walk out onto a stage to perform in front of four singing judges and an audience.

The difference is the judges base their decision if the artists gets through to the next stage on their voice alone.

They have their back to the singer, so the only way they can decide if it’s a yes or a no is on their voice.

Now, the difference in this competition is that all the contestants can sing. No offence to the X Factor and the contestants on the voice can either sing or have been singing for quite some time.

Here is the thing though.

On some occasions, the judges will comment on how they can hear or sense the person’s nerves or lack of confidence, and as a result, they don’t put them through to the next stage.

Really; but they can all sing so how can they get nervous?

Strange isn’t it? Not really, this is a relevant example that no matter how good we are at what we do, we can all have either an attack of nerves or a crisis of confidence.

Ring any bells about what can happen at interview?

So, how can you handle your nerves at your up and coming nursing interview and boost your confidence at the same time?

After nearly 30 years at Clayton Recruitment helping candidates get through their confidence dips and get the job they want, the team at Clayton have four suggestions for you to act on, that work.

1. Planning and Preparation

Might be boring and planning instils confidence.  Make sure you have read the role description thoroughly and had a conversation with your consultant about the key element’s of the role description your potential future employer wants you to demonstrate.

Then prepare as many examples as you can that showcase this. Have a look at this past post I wrote about what interviewers are looking for which will help.

Ask a good friend to ask you some predictable questions you might get asked so you can get your words around your answers.

Doing this helps in formulating your responses so that on the day your answers come across in a smooth way.

Remember all those mock exams and test papers you took years ago in school or nursing college? There was a reason for it. Practice is a recognised technique for improving performance.

Something else you will notice during this process is that… you are pretty good at what you do!

It can be so easy to take for granted the skills you have or your approach to things; can’t it? Your interviewer isn’t a mind reader so make sure you communicate your ability to carry out certain tasks, and this alone will give you a boost.

2. Setting Intentions and Visualisation

Leading on from preparation, taking care of YOU ahead of the event is a good idea. 

Get to bed early after a last minute read through of your prepared questions and answers is a good idea. Next, do this…

Though this might sound a bit different and quirky; set your intentions and visualise what you want to happen.

Setting intentions is a recognised process that business leaders and athletes alike use to handle confidence and prepare for success; why, because it works.

Decide what you want and then visualise yourself walking into the interview room looking and feeling calm and confident. Answering the questions easily and in detail.

The fact is the brain doesn’t know the difference between what is real or imagined so utilise this useful fact.

Jessica Ennis-Hill before her 2012 Gold Medal performance and a whole raft of other athletes practice visualisation and intention setting because it works for them. Which means it will work for you too.

3.Your Body Language

The impact of your body language will help you to communicate confidence to your interviewer and give you a confidence boost in the process. Here is a link to a video I strongly recommend you watch after you finish this post.

It is a presentation by Amy Cuddy, the world-famous social psychologist who has conducted extensive research on how our body language can change other people’s perceptions — and perhaps even our body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.  At the time of writing this post, her video has been watched by well over 50 million people, which says something. You can find it here.

4. Your Smile and Presentation

I know this might sound incredibly shallow and communicating ‘attractiveness’ at your interview works; this isn’t about good looks, by the way, let me explain more.

Making yourself attractive during an interview with a comfortably firm handshake, direct eye contact, good posture, relaxed but passionate communication style, and a genuine smile will give you an edge over other candidates.

Wearing something appropriate to interview is an accepted norm to demonstrate to your interviewer you a professional who would fit into their department.

However, what about wearing something that communicates your suitability for the role well and you like wearing it too?

Who hasn’t put a favourite outfit on to make themselves feel good? This will give you an unconscious boost as well. There is nothing worse than wearing something brand new that doesn’t quite fit right, which makes you uncomfortable and distracted that then leads to a confidence dive.


Ready to be confident in that interview?

Good, because you can, if you follow these four straightforward strategies.

Good luck!



Helen Watson


About Clayton Recruitment

Clayton Recruitment has been partnering with organisations across the country since 1989 and during that time has built up an enviable reputation for trust and reliability.

With specialist divisions covering Commercial, Financial, Industrial, Nursing, and Engineering appointments, on both a permanent and temporary basis. If you are looking for your next career move, we can help. Call us on 01772 259 121 or
email us here.

If you would like to download our latest interview checklist, you can do so here.

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